In Garden Science students participate in garden maintenance (weeding/watering), soil preparation, compost care, planting seeds and sprouts, growing seeds to mature plant, harvesting food and eating it, and implementing and observing plant science projects.
Some of the plant science projects have entailed observing the effects of plant growth in crowded vs. spacious conditions or using nutrient fortified soil vs. basic potting soil, and plant identification and learning plant parts. All science observations along with pop quizzes are documented in the student garden journals. Students enjoy going to the beautiful outdoor classroom to help fine tune their observation, listening, and kinesthetic senses. They learn about where their food comes from, how to grow it, the multitude of ecosystems involved in growing food, and ultimately a true appreciation for our environment and farming.
Nutrition education is a large component of our Garden Science Class - from weekly salad bar to produce tastings - students learn how food affects their body and how to make good choices.
Nutrition education focuses on the basic food groups using the plate method and the nutrients that benefit our bodies from eating a variety of foods of Rainbow colors. Students learn about important micronutrients such as vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants that promote healing in the body as well as the basic macronutrients: fat, carbohydrates, and protein, which provide us long energy, quick energy, and/or growth energy. The students stay engaged with fun activities and food tastings during nutrition classes. Students participate in harvesting and preparing produce and salad dressings for salad bar almost every week during the year. They also get to taste a new raw and/or cooked fruit or vegetable every week and learn the benefits of that food.