Jacob's Well Community Garden and KAPS Collaborate to Grow Food and Community
By: Shiila Safer
On Martin Luther King Day, KAPS teacher, Teresa Smetzer, brought a group of students from the Animal Science/Agriculture class to the Jacobs Well Community Garden (JWCG) for an impressively productive workday. The students earned community service hours towards their graduation requirement and the JWCG benefitted from their fabulous energy and hard work — weeding, path mulching, composting, making dirt from mulch, hauling dirt, crushing aluminum cans (a favorite job), and much more.
The students are great workers and so much fun! They worked side by side with experienced gardeners who were happy to share their wisdom with the students. With no prompting, students reported that they feel better after being in the garden. They felt productive and left happier than when they arrived.
Last week, JWCG presented KAPS with a garden bed of their own for 2019. This gives the students an opportunity to experience growing their own food -- from building the bed, to planning what they will grow, to planting, to tending the garden, to harvesting, and finally to eating the food they've grown. This week they will plant lettuce, chard, kale, broccoli, potatoes, strawberries, carrots, dill, parsley and mint, all provided by JWCG.
The students think this is really cool! (We at the JWCG think its really cool, too!)