Western Middle School: Aiming to build educational garden

With a focus on the benefits of eating local, whole, organic food, as well as increasing environmental awareness, the Western Middle School (WMS) PTA has kicked off a fund-raising campaign with the goal of building a school garden.

As a candidate school for the International Baccalaureate  Middle Years Program, WMS’ mission is to create a better world through education.

The garden project is a way for students to understand their role as active members of the food system and develop an appreciation of the concept of environmental sustainability.

The hope is that they will establish a connection between how food is grown and the resources needed to produce it.

As the first middle school in Greenwich to build a school garden, WMS faculty members are enthusiastic about the learning opportunities it presents.

Students will learn data collection and analytical skills, understand companion planting and crop rotation, realize the necessity of ecological diversity  and will be exposed to important issues such as their carbon footprint.

Vegetables will be grown from seeds so the students will have a complete “garden to table” experience. Most importantly, the goal is for the students to have fun and enjoy growing and preparing healthy, delicious food.

WMS has designated an area on the school’s grounds to house the new raised-bed vegetable garden.

The school’s Parent Teacher Association has launched a Kickstarter fund-raising campaign to raise $10,000 from members of the community to build the garden.

The funds will be used to put up fencing and build the garden beds, purchase materials such as organic soil, seeds, hoses, a wheelbarrow and other garden equipment, in addition to creating a small shaded learning corner.

In accordance with Kickstarter rules, if 100% of the fund-raising goal is not reached by May 4, the campaign is canceled and no funds are released.

To help fund the project, people are asked to visit kickstarter.com/projects/1294205820/western-middle-school-community-garden.

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