Thank you to the Holy Child Academy parents and students who are maintaining the school's organic garden during the summer months. The weeding and watering will keep the garden healthy for the start of the school year.
|Garrett holds fresh vegetables from the HCA Organic Garden, July 2018|
|Raised bed of vegetables and edible flowers, July 2018|
Since 2012, fourth graders and their teacher, Gary St Cyr, have partnered with a Holy Child Academy parent to select and germinate vegetables from seed in the HCA classroom growing station.
Earlier in 2018, after the danger of frost had passed, students populated four raised beds, including the “Salsa Garden,” with a variety of crops: lettuce, kale, sunflowers, cherry tomatoes, beefsteak tomatoes, cucumbers, pole beans, string beans, carrots, peppers, summer squash, butternut squash, pumpkins, onions, chives, and cilantro. They also planted edible flowers known as nasturtium.
In the process, students learned the parts and functions of flowering plants, plant cell biology, plant reproduction, plant-life processes, seed dispersal, and the significance of organic gardening. They discovered how to compare and contrast their very own plants with invasive weeds that can sap vegetables from the nutrients needed to achieve maximum yields. Students also learned the essential components of nutrient rich soil and photosynthesis: sunlight, water, CO2.