Garden Description: The Healdsburg program offers hands-on garden and nutrition education for all students, pre-kindergarten through second grade. Twelve raised beds (vegetables and perennials), fruit trees, compost bins, worm boxes, a greenhouse, a chicken pen, herb and fairy gardens, an outdoor kitchen, an outdoor classroom, pollinator habitat, and a willow hut complete this garden. In addition to a garden education coordinator, the school hired a nutrition and kitchen garden. Nutrition and science lessons from University of California’s TWIGS curriculum are tied into food preparation and cooking activities. Our garden includes a large vegetable and herb garden, perennial beds, greenhouse for seedlings, willow hut, outdoor kitchen, worm bins, henhouse, outdoor classroom and kitchen area, pollinator habitat and fruit plantings.
Garden Activities: Growing fruits and vegetables, tending pollinator habitat, composting cafeteria waste, taste testing, seed saving, tending our worm bins, building fairy houses and making mud pies.
Year Garden Was Started: 2000
Location: 400 1st St., Healdsburg
Garden Coordinator: Vikki DuRee, vduree[at]husd.com
SGN Grant History: Funds from the SGN Cooking From the Garden grant (2009-2010) supplemented garden food through local farmers such as Carrot Top Farm and Love Farms, and were used to purchase additional cooking supplies. Each month one aspect of the garden is highlighted in the curriculum and cooking coincides with garden themes. During seed gathering time, students make trail mix or roast pumpkin seeds. While studying root vegetables, they prepare dishes using carrots or beets. With help from other gardens, they produce enough assorted vegetables to prepare a soup pot regularly. Every kindergarten class makes sorbets and lemonade with strawberries, salsa and soup with tomatoes or butternut squash.
Last updated on 1/2/15