Although COVID slowed our project a bit, we are excited to be back in person and have begun improving our green spaces. So far, we were able to purchase additional soil for our raised garden beds where we grow our edibles. A raised bed was repaired and painted, and an additional bed was built. We have also been able to purchase additional perennial plants for our Panther Patch. We will continue to use the funds to repair and improve the space.
The Panther Patch is an existing garden space that was installed more than a decade ago. We hope that it will become a pollinator and bird sanctuary, but it is in need of a refresh.
We are planning on spending our seed funding on lumber to repair a few of the benches and raised beds. We will be spending a bulk of the money on soil and soil amendments, as well as new native, perennial plants.
Other potential projects include creating additional stepping stones with the students, a bird bath, a hook system on the wall to create an art gallery, and a removable white board so that classes can be held outdoors in the space.
We will be meeting again in March to tour the garden and assess what repairs are a priority. We will then meet to choose plants and schedule a planting day.
The school community will benefit from having a safe, outdoor meeting space for use both during school, as well as for after school programming.
Click on the photo below to see the team!