Read all about how our students at Caliber: Beta Academy are learning to take ACTion through building and caring for our community garden... and learn why: “A little bit of dirt don’t hurt!"
The Caliber Community Garden is an outdoor classroom and learning space that provides the Caliber community with an immersive, hands-on laboratory for learning about our natural world. In addition to being a great tool for academic enrichment, the garden is a resource for our community to connect with one another, learn about the importance of fresh food, and nourish themselves with locally-accessible and ecologically-cultivated vegetables and fruits. The Garden Club was just started this semester as a pilot program with 3rd-5th graders. It has been an opportunity to explore our connection with nature, learn about local ecosystems and how our food is grown.
-Eli Utne, BACR After School Program
A recent interview with two students that are members of the garden club:
Tell me, why do you think it’s important to have a community garden?
Anthony: "I think it’s important because there can be a lot of people without food and with the garden you can donate what you grow to people in the community. We are growing beans, radishes, blueberries, but these won’t grow until next season."
Kaley: "I think it’s important because it helps us make our school beautiful and wonderful. We learn to grow veggies and fruits that we can donate to people who are in need. Students like me and my friends take ACTion to make the school a better place."
Tell me some of the things you do in the after school gardening club:
Anthony: "Most of the time we water or clean the garden so that plants can grow. Weeds ruin the soil and take away water from the plants that need it, so we need to pluck these everyday."
Kaley: "Well we take the weeds out, but because it has been raining it’s been tough. Last week we were planting seeds that already started to sprout. We meet multiple times a week to take care of the garden."
Why is it important to have a community garden?
Anthony: "It’s important because it teaches us to learn about plants that you can grow and eat. You learn what times of the year different plants grow and why it’s important to keep a garden for your community. We might eat some of the things that grow and donate everything else to people that need food. We get to help make the school look pretty by removing the weeds and showing all our work to everyone that comes here."
Kaley: "It's important because students take care of the school garden and it’s really fun. It’s also how I met a lot of my friends, I’m glad I joined this club."
If you could connect this to one of our pillars, which would it be?
Anthony: "With the garden, you take ACTion with your hands… we get dirty, but it’s really fun!"
Kaley: "We get to help people in need if we grow enough food to donate and it helps our school look nicer and a better place for everyone. It’s a cool and fun way that students get to ACT."
If you could share one piece of wisdom or insight related to this pillar with our community, what would it be?
Anthony: “A little bit of dirt don’t hurt.”
Kaley: “A community garden is really fun, but it also helped build a community of students come together.”