Mt Baldy School has well-loved gardens. One sits in the courtyard area among pine and fruit trees. The other beds are in easy-to-access raised beds in the primary playground right outside of the 1/2 classroom.
Students, teachers, parents and community members value our gardens and spend time and effort to maintain them. Volunteers work with small groups of students planting, picking, and weeding.
The benefits of the garden extend beyond the obvious aesthetics. Children learn about science and math, art, social studies, and language arts through gardening. They learn about what grows in high elevation and what a cold snap in October does to nasturtiums. They also enjoy an occasional treat picked fresh from our garden and prepared with the help of volunteer chefs. We have found that even turnip soup becomes a sought-after snack for children when they have planted, watered, picked and prepared the turnips.
Due to the positive impact our gardens make on our learning community, we continually pursue avenues of funding in order to expand the garden program both physically and through the curriculum.