Looking for a way to celebrate your high tunnel and school gardening? Take a note from PS 205 in Queens and Edmeston to incorporate these events into your curriculum and school community.
Lower elementary school students work with their garden buddies to plant over 400 forced daffodil bulbs into pots. This is a great activity to do inside as you prepare to spend time in your tunnel, and get students excited about the garden.
1st grade students work continuously with their Garden Buddies to do various tasks around the garden. This gives the students a chance to observe, participate, and become active learners in the high tunnel. Students will water the plants, transport earth boxes to the tunnel which are full of potato plants, build raised beds which are supported by bricks, and observe the blackberry vines.
Inside of the classroom, PS 205 students are learning math and science skills through the garden by observing and counting different types of seeds. Students are making predictions about the seeds they plant, and then watching them grow in the garden.
Food and Health Expo
Edmeston Central School’s high tunnel plays a starring role each year in their Food and Health Expo. Last year, the students served a spinach salad featuring foods they harvested from the high tunnel. Is your school preparing to host end of the school year meetings or events? Offer to serve a snack from your tunnel to the school community! Even better – put gloves on your students and have them explain the recipes and how they harvested the ingredients.
Connect your students and entire school community with your high tunnel. What are your ideas or favorite events?