School Garden Education Program Timeline

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Program Structure

Green City Growers school garden education program activities connect students to what they’re already learning in their math, science, social science and language arts course of study. At the end of each season (semester), the GCG Farmer facilitates a final discussion that re-caps what the students did and learned.

FALL SEMESTER TIMELINE

August-September

Consistent garden maintenance including weeding, pest and fungal management, harvesting, and re-planting of vegetables.

October

Planting of fall crops. Beets, carrots, chard, arugula, endive, cilantro, kale, leeks, bunching onion, peas, radish, spinach, broccoli, and more.

November

With cold frames: plant over-winter crops. Kale, carrots, mixed greens, chard, beets, collards and more. Indoor programming.

SPRING SEMESTER TIMELINE

March

First harvest of cold frame crops. Indoor seed starting or spring crops, and indoor programming.

April-May

Spring planting early April (with cold frames), or late April (without). Beets, broccoli, kale, carrots, chard, lettuce, peas, garlic, strawberries & more.

June

Consistent garden maintenance including weeding, pest and fungal management, harvesting, and re-planting of vegetables.

Summer Session

Garden programming is available throughout the summer months for schools that operate year-round or host a summer camp during July and August. Students harvest the remaining spring crops, plan and plant summer crops, maintain the garden (fertilize, weed, troubleshoot pest and fungal problems), and harvest as crops begin producing.