Garden / Nutrition
Over ten years ago, a group of parents came together to create a beautiful school garden and outdoor classroom at Julian Elementary. Since then the garden program has grown steadily, and students now have weekly garden classes during the day and after school. Our garden includes 20+ fruit trees, raised beds full of veggies, herbs, a native plant demonstration garden, hundreds of flowers, a wildlife habitat designation, a rainwater harvesting system, a gazebo, an outdoor cooking area, and a large handmade wooden table and benches that seats a full class. Our mission statement explains all of the good things that happen in school gardens.
We grow food. We promote good nutrition by planting, tending, harvesting and eating organic fruit, vegetables and herbs.
We grow citizens. We connect children to the natural world and create environmental stewards.
We grow character. We learn leadership, responsibility, and respect when we work in the garden.
We grow practical gardening skills. We learn the nuts and bolts of growing a garden.
We grow beauty. We enjoy our peaceful, beautiful garden as it relaxes our bodies, inspires our minds, and ignites our creativity and imagination.
We grow academics. We study biology, ecology and natural history in our garden classroom
We grow stories. We develop a “sense of place” as we build a garden that reflects who we are as individuals, as a school and as residents of Julian and the backcountry.
We grow community. We create positive relationships among students, staff, parents and neighbors when we work together.