West Sedona Middle School
We worked with Principal Dr. Lisa Hirsch and staff at West Sedona Middle School to develop a curriculum for an Exploratory Gardening class that teaches the skills and fundamentals of gardening, nutrition, and environmental awareness. We also helped develop a middle school garden plot. This program provides a context to apply learning within their Health and Science curriculum.
Youth Garden Grant Award
Our program at West Sedona Elementary School was selected from over 1,200 kid’s gardening programs from all across the country as a winner of the 2011 Youth Garden Grant from the National Gardening Association. The grant was used to build a tool shed for the school garden.
Sedona Red Rock High School
By summer vacation the new garden had been planted and already many crops were bearing food. The students learned about preparing them and they even had a surplus that they donated to families in need.
Developing More School Gardens in Sedona and the Verde Valley
In conjunction with our Celebrating the Art in Earth Program and environmental education project we are assisting schools to develop school gardens. Sedona Charter School, Oak Creek Elementary School, Camp Verde Elementary School, and Desert Star Community School are all in the process of developing or expanding their school gardens.
Gardens for Humanity is working with the Fit Kids of Northern Arizona Health Care and the Verde Food Council as core partners in a grant to develop a gardening and nutrition program in all Cottonwood schools. This potential project would greatly impact the growth and awareness of local and healthy food choices.