Our students start seeds, build compost, dig and amend garden beds, harvest, prepare, and eat the foods they grow. We integrate garden classes with students’ academic courses, basing the lesson content on state and national standards.
Preschool students learn how to interact with the living inhabitants of the garden with respect, to observe seasonal changes in the garden, to stop and smell the oregano and to enjoy fresh food from bright red cabbages to juicy cucumbers.
Elementary students visit the garden with their science classes to study and taste plant parts. Middle school students learn how to care for the soil by becoming mini-farmers. Our high school students grow, clean and cook flour corn, amaranth and quinoa, preparing them using traditional recipes and spices.
If you are a local teacher or parent interested in inquiring about field trip tours, one-time lessons, multi-class units or even long term programs, contact Emily at Education@www.commongroundgarden.com.
Districts and schools often cannot subsidize the costs of visiting Common Ground Garden. Want to help us defray the costs? Donate to the Garden’s Seed Fund or sponsor a garden bed!