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Cordley Elementary School recently expanded its school garden, thanks to a LiveWell Community Wellness Grant through the Douglas County Community Foundation.
In early March, Cordley’s Farm to School Committee installed three new garden beds and planted two Asian pear trees.
This initiative represents an important opportunity for the children and community at Cordley because these gardens and trees provide an unforgettable learning experience that many students and families might otherwise be unable to access,” said Erin Besson, a parent who helps coordinate the Farm to School committee. “The gardens are a particularly valuable resource because they expose the children to the process of growing actual food.
Besson said many students have never seen plants grown from seeds or have not planted or held seeds in their hands. The garden expansion allowed each grade level to plant a garden bed.
Now, the garden beds are filled with strawberries, Swiss chard, collard greens, kale, onions, radishes, beets, snap peas and garlic,” she said. “Upon returning from spring break, students saw the fruits of their labor: seedlings that had begun to sprout. As we enter late spring, students can be seen weeding the garden during recess, tasting various herbs like parsley and chives and harvesting fresh radishes and greens.