BFA Elementary Takes Farm-to-Table Challenge with New Kitchen Garden!

Target 3: Flexible Learning Environments – FWSU will maximize flexible learning environments by redefining the school day, promoting learning experiences that extend beyond the school classroom, and fostering creativity, innovation, and differentiated learning opportunities for all. 

Action Step – Make relevant and authentic problems become the focus of connected learning.

A garden is a grand teacher. It teaches patience and careful watchfulness; it teaches industry and thrift; above all it teaches entire trust.
 – Gertrude Jekyll

Last Friday, a group of students, staff, and parents took time during the BFA Fairfax Green-Up day to install the new kitchen garden at BFA Elementary School. The project was spearheaded by Principal Tom Walsh. “I think gardening is a great way to build community spirit, while at the same time teaching a valuable lessons to our students.”

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The gardens will host a variety of vegetables that will be cared for over the summer by a group of students – with help from caring adults.

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So far the list of what is “growing” has not been established. But favorites like squash, beets, lettuce, and tomatoes have been rumored to be making appearances.

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The gardens are raised beds and are located near the elementary school playground. “Soon we will be installing a fence and really making the garden a destination for our students. It is something we can all take pride in,” stated Principal Walsh.

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The goal is for the garden to provide some vegetables for the kitchen next fall. The garden will provide food and learning opportunities for students for years to come. This is just one of the ways BFA is joining the national movement to encourage student wellness and inspire active lifestyles and healthy eating among children.

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