The introduction of a vertical growing tower into the curriculum for Kindergarten and second grade last March was a huge success! Students embraced their “green thumbs” as they grew and harvested their own vegetables including cucumbers, broccoli, spinach, kale, and rhubarb, as well as several different types of lettuce. They learned the importance of maintaining proper water and pH levels, and as a bonus, were introduced to many new foods. The kids were even sampling right from the tower, and many of their freshly grown items were served in the Lower School cafeteria.
There are even bigger plans for the Tower Garden for the 2019-2020 school year, the first of which is the addition of flowers to the list of items that will be grown. The hope is to use the flowers at some of the functions held at school throughout the year. The second exciting development is a plan to integrate this interactive, educational tool into the curriculum across all grades in the Lower School. The growing tower is both hydroponic (water) and aeroponic (air) which means the plants grow much faster. It takes many hands to keep up with the yield, so the teachers are excited to get even more of the girls involved in the growing process.
Mrs. Doey Boldt’s and Mrs. Nicole Cooper’s passion for gardening has helped the Viz Gardening Club take off since it was introduced in the Lower School last year. This after-school club reinforces the math, science, and STEM curriculum while at the same time helping the girls learn healthy habits for life.
The Gardening Club combines both gardening and cooking with help from Raddish, a cooking club for kids that provides recipe guides, activity cards, collectible kitchen tools, and dinnertime conversation starters. The girls are preparing healthy and delicious meals both in the classroom after school and at home with their parents.
There has been overwhelming interest in joining the club this year, and Mrs. Boldt and Mrs. Cooper are excited to get things growing.