The following is an update from Stoddert’s Garden Coordinator, Mr. Canada:
What a year it has been in the Stoddert Garden!
The leaf cutter bees arrived three days ago in time to culminate the end of a beginning increased pollinator garden presence.
Our solitary bees including the Mason bees play a major role in the acceleration of fruit crop and garden vegetables.
Our garden curriculum is designed to provide our students inquiry, curiosity, practical skills, and adventure, because we view ourselves as a part of a bigger garden encompassing our communities and our planet earth.
This past spring launched a Shared Table program led by our PTO that sprang from garden classroom discussions with our 4th grade classes around the topic of food waste. Click here to read the article on the new Share Table program at Stoddert.
As a result, students are presently completing a written assignment bringing awareness to our local leaders, restaurants, and groceries asking their input on ways to reduce food waste.
Quality, yield, compassion, and kindness drives our school garden program.
Our curriculum stretches across and into our school yard. This past January with the efforts of Urban Forestry-DDOT, we have over 15 new tree seedlings and students who have volunteered to water them during their infancy.
Our school’s recycling program received again DCPS recognition with distinction and I applaud our custodial staff for their efforts to make this a success.
Our first summer farmers market will consist of two market dates: one just after July 4th and then after the first week in August with with the majority of produce coming from our school garden.
Last but not least, there’s a star in the garden! Part of our 5th grade legacy project, one of my students approached me about growing grass in the garden. I gave him a “look” and later thought about it. Garden architecture, I mentioned to him. He mentioned a star!
I said yes.
I think our 5th graders from now on should be able to take care of this star, because “every garden deserves a star.”
I would like to wishing you a great summer!
P.S. Monette Melanson, Glover Park resident, will begin her 6th year as a Stoddert garden volunteer. Thank you Monette!