08Apr
2016
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Kids Community Garden Gets Seed Grant

Teacher Stephanie Sayles of Joan Austin Elementary School in Newberg stands with her fifth-grade students in front of a large field that is the future site of the community garden and forest. Four out of eight garden boxes are behind the fence. The Joan Austin Elementary School community garden was chosen by Fiskars to receive a gardening grant. (Joan Austin Elementary School)

Teacher Stephanie Sayles of Joan Austin Elementary School in Newberg stands with her fifth-grade students in front of a large field that is the future site of the community garden and forest. Four out of eight garden boxes are behind the fence. The Joan Austin Elementary School community garden was chosen by Fiskars to receive a gardening grant. (Joan Austin Elementary School)

Hey Daisy, this story reminded me of the Community Garden that we grew.

Stephanie Sayles, a 5th grade teacher at Joan Austin Elementary School devotes classroom time to hands-in-the soil gardening.

She states that studies have found gardening helps kids relate to the math and science, and when they’re outside, they connect to the land and environmental issues.

Because of this value added education her class received $3,500 in cash and tools from Fiskars’ 2016 Project Orange Thumb to support their community garden and future urban forest.

30 groups were awarded a prize out of more than 400 that applied.

The award was based on their environmental stewardship, healthy lifestyle and nutritional awareness. The Project Orange Thumb seed money will allow the kids to plant edible vegetables, herbs and flowers in the 8 raised garden beds.

If the garden grows enough vegetables and fruit, the kids want to offer the produce to the school cafeteria, with any extra being given to their community.

http://www.oregonlive.com/hg/index.ssf/2016/03/community_garden_fiskars_orego.html

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