Revive Oysterponds School Garden

Spring has Sprung!
and we hope to get our Edible School Garden growing again...
 
We need to start from the ground up- as our prior garden fell into disrepair and weeds.  With the help of students, parents, teachers, administration, community members and farmer Tom Stevenson from Oysterponds Farm, we were able to demolish the old garden and are now able to start fresh with an open space.  
We need your help to keep the momentum going.

Our vision is to expand the present garden to 35 x 50 feet, laid with fabric cloth for weed suppression, then covered with pine bark mulch, and eight raised beds constructed of cedar.  

This space will also allow for trellised and vertical planting areas, a compost bin, a bench for tools and gloves and a 'Ramada" or outdoor teaching and meeting space for the children and teachers.  

Community members are welcome and encouraged to take part and be part of our school garden.  We hope also to encourage our children to connect and incorporate and grow with their community.

In order to get all of this up and going, we would appreciate whatever little or large you are able to provide- whether via donation or through local business.

Below are the hopes, wishes and concrete materials we need to establish our vision, and to have our children get out into the garden to get their hands dirty, connect with our natural world, the sources of their food and their curriculum.  A curriculum which feeds their bodies, minds and spirits.

The garden will require:
- cedar wood planks for raised beds (currently we have 
   applied for a grant to help supplement this cost)
- new fence posts and siding
- 3 yards of compost/soil
- wood chips
- a drip irrigation system
- bamboo stakes of all sizes form 1’ to 6’
- twine and string
- 50' or 75’ hose
- kid’s gardening gloves
- seeds
- rotating compost bin
- hand tools: trowels, cultivators
- paperboard for hanging tools
- shed or covered wooden bench with combination lock  
   to store tools and gloves
- watering can
- wooden planks for children to make and paint garden  
    signs
- outdoor paint

In addition to establishing our new Edible School Garden, we look forward to the creation of an after school Garden Club, garden work days, a summer garden bed adoption for community and school members, and a garden newsletter.

We are working hard on grant writing and garden fundraisers.

Come join us in the garden and grow!!
  • Karin & Doug Constant 
    • $50 
    • 40 mos
  • Mary & Garret Meade 
    • $45 
    • 40 mos
  • Scott Karshick  
    • $100 
    • 41 mos
  • Kathryn DiVeglio 
    • $50 
    • 41 mos
  • Corinn Flaherty 
    • $50 
    • 41 mos
See all

Organizer

Kerry Loeffler 
Organizer
Orient, NY
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