Students at our Manzanita campus recently worked with Ms. Sami, our gardening teacher, to create new garden spaces for growing and eco-literacy.
Ms. Sami shares, “This is the end result of our garden beautification project at Manzanita. The garden includes a spiral herb and tea garden that the children helped plant, a native plant garden to attract amazing pollinators, and our food growing lab complete with three planter boxes to be filled with delicious veggies and herbs.”
Part of the educational mission of Anneliese Schools is to provide children with a deep awareness of the environment. Since the school’s inception, children have been taught how to grow food and how to take care of nature.
The farm to school table curriculum is interdisciplinary, connecting the garden to science, math, art, literature and anthropology. Children learn how ecological principles and environmental issues relate to a working garden and the environment, as well as the link between vibrant food harvested from the school’s gardens and nutrition.
The newly beautified garden is a serene place for both dedicated lessons, and the impromptu stroll where students will pass by and taste an herb or lettuce and compare the flavors they’re experiencing.