Schoolyard Roots, formerly known as Druid City Garden Project, started building gardens at local elementary schools in 2010 with the goal to educate kids about healthy and sustainable food choices through growing fruits and vegetables. Since 2010 we have partnered with 11 schools training teachers not only on how to garden, but also on how to use the garden as a teaching tool. Garden lessons incorporate math, science, social studies and ELA all in an outdoor space. Schoolyard Roots partnered with Verner Elementary in Fall 2016. Becca Gardner, an Education Coordinator with Schoolyard Roots, worked alongside teachers during Verner’s first year. Natalie Wulf, an AmeriCorps VISTA Teaching Fellow and UA graduate, is working with teachers this school year.
So far this year kindergartners went on ABC hunts, 1st graders counted their vegetables, 2nd graders observed worms, 3rd graders created garden maps, 4th graders invented their own Super Plants, and 5th graders practiced real world graphing and math skills all in the garden. After Thanksgiving Break students will be able to sample the vegetables they grew in cooking lessons. 4th and 5th graders participating in the Budding Entrepreneurs Club, will sell remaining produce to the school community at a farm stand.