April 12, 2018
EVENT: Annie's Garden Funder
Our current garden at Gan Bnai Shalom Preschool started with a few pots of flowers, a giant rosemary bush and a few snap peas (a favorite among preschoolers as they can pick it right off the vine and eat it). The garden was located in the back of the school on the toddler playground and other classes weren’t able to enjoy it or take part in caring for it because it wasn’t in a convenient location. A few years ago we moved our garden to the center or heart of the preschool. The garden grew this year as we added vegetables like potatoes, tomatoes, peas, onions, herbs and flowers. This small garden has given hours of digging and watering to our Preschoolers. We have picked fresh tomatoes and cucumbers to eat during snack time. The 2-3 year old class used their small motor skills to cut so much lettuce out of the garden that the teachers at school were able to have a special salad bar luncheon. We grew enough potatoes and onions to harvest and make breakfast for the entire school! This garden has bloomed flowers that have fancied up our tables in our classrooms for numerous occasions. Our little garden has brought smiles and joy to so many. Together we can cultivate foods to share together, teach the children about composting and waste. We can also celebrate in our bounty with our own locally grown foods each season. A garden is a wonderful place to enjoy nature and a place of peace for children and adults. Our hope is that rebuilding and growing our garden will encourage our teachers to create new lessons that inspire our young scholars to love and care for the earth and connect them a world where humanity and nature live in healthy harmony.