We are in the early stages of creating 3 programs to better the community.
- Spanish Lake Farmers Market: We will launch a local farmers market in 2021. We are currently looking for other local farms to collaborate with.
- Senior Outreach Program: Summer of 2020. We launched this program delivering produce to home-bound seniors with mobility issues. We need volunteers to help harvest and distribute produce. We can provide masks and volunteers would need to bring gloves.
- Summer Camp STEM Program for youths: Will launch summer of 2021. We are recruiting camp counselors and a program director for this very special offering.
STEM in the Garden (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math)
Pre-K students are garden explorers, and they learn how to explore the garden using their senses. Touching, tasting, smelling and feeling the diversity in the garden.
Kindergarten students learn the basic elements behind the garden ecosystem from the importance of sunshine, soil and water to their own role as caretakers of the garden.
First-graders learn to identify the key stages of the life cycle of plants and understand the basic needs for each stage of a plant’s life cycle. They experience seasonal changes to the land and watch life cycles develop before their eyes.
Second-grade students are garden detectives. Armed with their science journals and technology, they observe insects in the garden to learn about insect feeding preferences and how those preferences impact the ecosystem of the garden. The introduction of technology increases participation and engagement of students. Students record their observations and express their ideas. They will look beneath the surface and into the cells of microorganisms.
Second-graders add to their previous knowledge by learning how to encourage beneficial insects and how to discourage harmful insects in the garden.
Third-grade students learn all about soil biodiversity and analyze how weather, microorganisms, insects, climate and erosion affect soil and plant growth. Planning, building and installation projects allow students to utilize the resources around them. They tap into their creativity to create, test and improve their designs.
Fourth-grade students focus on systems in nature. They observe the flow of energy through seeds from start, to sprout, to mouth. They learn how important inputs are to outputs in the garden setting.
Fourth Grade students also apply important math concepts through building projects and spacing the produce in garden beds.
Fifth-graders learn how to create and run their own school garden-centered business for a farmers market. They also study food justice in the local community and around the world.
Experiential learning is experience-based learning. It is extremely effective because it helps establish lasting behavior change. Rather than simply understanding a new concept or gaining a skill, we develop new habits and behaviors. Real learning happens when we reflect on real life experiences.
We complete experiential learning cycles by taking participants through the four stages of experiential learning: experience, reflect, conceptualize, experiment. Through hands on experience these lessons are deeply ingrained in all our participants.
~Teach youths about nutritious foods; gardening experiences, food preparation and outdoor cooking.
~Hands-on learning; interacting with the seasonal plants, caring for, fertilizing and understanding our food sources.
~Animal care; children will learn the important role farm animals play.
~Responsibility; through this program children will learn what you put in is directly related to what comes out.