Monday, June 3, 2013

Growing Carrots, Character and Community:

Peachtree Charter Middle School’s

Budding Living Classroom

A nice article about the PCMS Garden from Perimeter North Lifestyle:

Article by Loryane Bryan

There is something inherently delightful and magical about gardening. You add seeds and water to soil and sunshine, and within a few weeks you are harvesting delicious, nutritious food.  But beyond the botany and science, there is often an even more amazing alchemy in play. The sowing of seeds and working of the soil has a way of nurturing imagination, building character and forging a community. At Peachtree Charter Middle School, Coach Larry Burdette’s vision of an onsite garden is wondrously becoming a reality. A 4,800 square foot organic garden called the Living Classroom is thriving on a once-barren, sun-drenched field, thanks to the support of community volunteers and local businesses.

“Just about every day another piece of the puzzle amazingly falls into place,” says Shari Clark, a parent volunteer heading up the project. “It’s interesting to see how the pieces come together. The school is nestled in an active community that seems to look for needs to fill. When we broke ground in February, 19 Boy Scouts came out and built the raised beds. When a nearby neighbor saw what was going on, he came over, gave us a donation and arranged for his father to help keep the garden watered during the summer.”
Local volunteers include garden club members and their families, local Boy Scout and Girl Scout troops, and members of All Saints Catholic Church Knights of Columbus, who built the fence for the garden. A local award-winning garden design and installation company, Alex Smith Garden Design Ltd., graded the garden area and laid out the beds. Family sponsors contributed $1290, and local businesses, which include Dunwoody Homeowners Association, Dunwoody Nature Center, Alex Smith Garden Design Ltd. and the Dunwoody Women’s Club, contributed more than $4,000. Farm Burger contributed T-shirts and coupons to the 51 volunteers who pitched in for the kick-off workday. PCMS is working with a high school student-led enterprise called Grow Dunwoody, which helps bridge the garden experience and its academic benefits from elementary school through middle school and on to high school.

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