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USD 411 Goessel
USD 411 Goessel started their gardening project 3 and a half years ago.  The school works with a gardening coordinator each year.  The position is funded by donations, from the Moundridge Coop, PTO, and other private business donations.  Each grade level has their own plot.  We grow tomatoes, cucumbers, melons, cantaloupe, strawberries, broccoli, carrots, sweet potatoes, zucchini, and pumpkins.  We have not planted corn or beans due to the labor involved in the kitchen preparation.  We have found that our vine plants do the best in our soil.  Our coordinator delivers a lesson each time they go out.  The lesson may be science related, or nutrition/health related.  During the summer we have a host of parents who look after it for us.  That group of parents have offered to put our garden into raised beds this coming winter.  We are planning for a work weekend where we will have the timbers donated and parents will build the beds and raise the soil into the beds.  This will cut down greatly on weeds and make it easier to care for.  Besides the vegetables, we have also planted fruit trees:  peach, pear, apple, and cherry. Updates about our school garden is posted at our website,

USD 497 Lawrence Success Story - PDF
USD 497 Lawrence. 2010 marked the beginning of a pilot project with the first school garden at West Junior High. In 2011 Growing Food, Growing West became known as Growing Food, Growing Health to include 2 new gardens at neighboring Hillcrest and Sunset Hill Elementary Schools.  

USD 495 Ft. Larned Success Story - PDF
USD 495 Ft. Larned. USD 495 in collaboration with Larned Pride is seeking to extend the success of the Larned Community Garden by creating a Community Vineyard.

Xavier Success Story - PDF
Xavier. The purpose of their school garden was to increase student responsibility and their awareness of the connection between health and the food they eat. It also fostered community among the older and younger students and the community partners.

USD 349 Stafford Success Story - PDF
USD 349 Stafford. The after-school program at USD 349 Stafford participated in the School Gardening Initiative Mini-Grant through Kansas Team Nutrition last spring where students in grades K-8 were given the opportunity to plant vegetable seeds and tend to raised garden beds.

USD 365 Garnett Success Story - PDF
USD 365 Garnett. First graders from Irving Primary Center, now Garnett Elementary School, participated in the School Gardening Initiative mini-grant through Kansas Team Nutrition last spring. 



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