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Jul 19

Teaching Students from Seed to Table

Posted to MMWD Blog: Think Blue Marin on July 19, 2016 at 11:51 AM by Ann Vallee

poppy for blogMarin-Friendly Garden in San Anselmo

Garden of HopeSan Domenico School’s Garden of Hope is not only an amazing one-acre garden but it also provides students with an outdoor classroom and a very unique educational experience. Shelley Flint, the sustainability director, is passionate about the garden and all it has to offer. The garden, which includes vegetables, fruit trees, and raspberry and blackberry vines is planted, tended, and harvested by the students. The produce from the garden is used in student projects, canning, and cooking in the garden kitchen. The remaining harvest is brought to the dining hall for use in school lunches.

There’s a greenhouse for starting seeds and a large 3-bin compost system fueled in part by food scraps from the school dining hall. Everywhere you look there is colorful artwork that is both aesthetically pleasing and educational. There are plants that attract butterflies and hummingbirds and even bee boxes onsite thanks to a student-inspired project. Many chickens call this garden home and provide eggs, fertilizer, and a wonderful teaching opportunity. The garden is irrigated entirely using water from a natural spring so no MMWD reservoir water is needed. The spring water is conserved using a drip system throughout the garden and a rain barrel to capture runoff from the roof. This garden is not only using organic practices to grow good healthy food but it’s also growing future gardeners!

Learn more about San Domenico School's chickens and bees in the video below and scroll down for more photos.

garden gate

flowers and art

water sign

flower and vegetable garden beds

artechoke plant

outdoor kitchen classroom