Live Oak Elementary School Garden is a living laboratory where the students, pre-k-5th grade, learn science and garden-based lessons. The funds raised will go towards garden tools, irrigation parts, school supplies, seeds, and curriculum to help keep the garden and the garden program going.
The students at Live Oak plant seeds, transplant seedlings, observe their plants grow, harvest the produce, and consume the fruits of their labor in class and in the school cafeteria. This year students will be growing and eating kale, lettuce, tomatoes, squash, carrots, beets, broccoli, cauliflower, chard, spinach, strawberries, pineapple guava, onions, garlic, mint, and cilantro. In a few years students will also enjoy fruit from the new fruit trees in the garden including: apples, pears, plums, pomegranate, persimmon, avocado, fig, and mandarin oranges.
Students learn about the life cycle of a plant, plant parts, what plants need to grow, soil lessons, composting, companion planting, crop rotation, cover crop, animals in the garden, habitats, the water cycle, natural resources, air, energy, and the seasons. The students also gain skills like team building, observation, listening, problem solving, creativity, environmental awareness, and motivation to learn.
The garden program at Live Oak Elementary School Garden gives students an environment to find a sense of place. They come to the garden every week throughout the entire school year. This experience can have a lasting impression on these children and give them a healthy start in many ways.