Future Projects - Get Involved?!
WaterShed - Pay It Forward is currently working on a proposal for a shed that also collects and stores rainwater - aka WaterShed - to be located conveniently at the garden. Once we receive approval for the building, we will be looking for volunteers and classes to help construct it.
Compost anyone? The Garden would really benefit from a compost system. If you or your class would like to get involved with designing, building and/or maintaining this during the school year, please see the contact information below.
Seedlings: We're a bit ahead of schedule here, but we've already learned so much from the garden and we'd like to grow it bigger, better and stronger next year, so we could really use starter plants. If you or your class would like to plant seeds for transplant, the garden would be grateful.
Fall Planting? Want to incorporate the garden into your lessons? We have one (or more) beds available to learn from in the Garden of Dreams (Community/School Garden near the Softball Field). I found a short PBS video that talks about fall planting. Salad vegetables and a germination blanket are recommended for success.
Other Lessons? Math, Language, Science, Social Studies….the possibilities are endless. Visit the garden anytime to teach your students kinesthetically.
What a great day to plant a garden! Our raised beds are planted, our other open garden area is planted, mulch is laid, and all thanks to some hard-working students and staff members today! A few pictures have been added, check out a short slideshow of our students hard at work!
All summer neighborhoods, summer school classes, local businesses and families maintained and picked vegetables to donate to and with Waunakee Neighborhood Connection clients and to our local Food Pantry.
Today was the big day! Students, staff, and community members were out working in the garden's raised beds with shovels, rakes, hoes, seeds, tomato plants, marigolds, and much more! There were approximately 25-30 people out helping early this morning, and there were more on schedule to help throughout the day. After all the rain the last few days, today was a perfect GARDENING day - a little windy, but the sun was shining!
Watch for pictures to be posted soon!
We are making the news! Channel 27 was here filming our Garden-Breaking on April 22 for Earth Day. Click on the Pictures and Video tab to watch the video! Magic 98 also highlighted our efforts on their morning show on April 23!
Efforts to name our garden are underway - we have received some great submissions from our Waunakee Elementary students. Once we have the list narrowed down, we will submit three names to our school board for approval. The garden name will ultimately be voted on by our students, staff, and community members - showing this is truly a community effort.
1. We have received a $1000 gift card to Home Depot from Fiskars! We need to figure out how and when to spend it.
2. The $1000 worth of tools from Fiskars will be here by the end of the month.
3. After our last meeting with the new information from the airport, we have been cleared for take-off to move the garden slightly to the north, to steer clear of the flight zone, which will enable us to have raised beds, water barrels and some kind of tool/garden storage.