Class Four reads their letter to Class Three as they pass over their Garden.
Each year, designing and planting a special garden (separate from the large garden in the east field) is part of the Grade 3 curriculum. Under the guidance of the class teacher and our gardening coordinator, Mr. Grimes, the garden is planted in the spring, and throughout the summer and early fall it is tended by students and parents working together.
When school resumes in the fall, the students who planted the garden — now in Grade 4 — continue to tend to this garden and harvest the crops they’ve grown. Then, with the help of parent volunteers, they transform their bounty into a delicious meal, which they serve to current Grade 3 students. This year’s menu included a butternut squash soup, a white bean soup with kale, tomatoes, and carrots, rolls made with locally sourced spelt flour, and local apple cider.
This lunch symbolizes the class “handing over the garden” to the current Grade 3, who will continue the cycle by planning and planting their own garden, using some seeds saved from the previous year’s harvest, when spring ripens the earth.