TCDS Victory Garden is Bustling with News!


When it comes to helping our planet, our school’s Green Team (a group of seventh grade students who are recycling, among many other planet-friendly lessons and activities, with Mr. Adam) is stepping up to help!

Below, you’ll find the crew working in the garden – planting crops of corn, Rainbow Chard and kale.

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Where these particular seeds came from is quite exciting! Thanks to Mr. Adam – one of our paraprofessionals as well as leader of Garden Club (Ms. Kendra leads the Garden Club, too) and all things garden – the TCDS Victory Garden was awarded a seed grant from Native Seed/SEARCH, a local non-profit organization.

With this grant, students will work with seeds harvested from vegetable plants that have already adapted to our desert climate. Through the grant, students will learn some great information on Native American gardening practices as well as water conservation. Sounds like great educational lessons while having fun in the sun and digging into the dirt!

To learn more about Native Seed/SEARCH and the great work the organization does locally, click the following link to check out their website:  http://www.nativeseeds.org/

 

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In other Garden News, kindergarten through fifth grade students recorded and evaluated data from their weekly observations while in their class’s scheduled garden time during the school day. Kindergarten through fifth grade students head to the garden once a week for a lesson and/or project, led by Mr. Adam.

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Currently in our garden, students are growing a wide variety of flowers, vegetables and herbs.

Among the flowers are Celosia, Dianthus, Snap Dragons, Mexican Petunias, Sunflowers and Aloe.

Vegetables thriving in the garden due to our students’ hard work are corn, Acorn Squash, kale, brussel sprouts, Napa Cabbage and Rainbow Chard.

Finally, we’ve got herbs too! Sweet Basil, Cinnamon Basil, Chocolate Mint, Lemon Balm and Oregano lend to the wonderful aroma in the garden.

 

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The Garden Club tends to the plants in a makeshift greenhouse. It is currently home to pumpkin, watermelon, squash, tomatoes and Cat Nip.

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Can you believe there is even more going on in the garden?

We’ve got compost and earthworms! Fifth grade and kindergarten students are collecting lunch scraps that are plant-based and composting these scraps in the garden. The compost is the main source of soil in our garden.

 

**If your child would like to get involved with our Garden Club or garden programs, please email Mr. Adam at aweatherford@tcdcharterschool.com

Students can still sign up for Garden Club. Please be advised that there currently is a waiting list; however, when the next semester begins, those on the waiting list will be the first students invited to fill the club’s roster.  Kindergarten through fifth grade students can join the Garden Club, and middle school students are invited to be in the Garden Club as well; middle school students serve as the garden stewards and help with projects. The $50 extra-curricular fee or tax waiver credit is needed to join. Garden Club meets Tuesdays after school from 2:45pm-4:15pm.

You can also donate any of the following to help the TCDS Victory Garden continue to thrive:

**More kitchen scraps (It’s an ongoing process to make compost and soil.)     **Actual composts     **Clean tin cans  **Cereal boxes    **Coffee cans     **Kid-sized garden gloves     **Hand-held gardening tools     **Markers

**Measuring tapes     **Sizable pots.

 

Finally, the Garden Club’s first plant sale of the year is coming up. All plants will be one-dollar each. The Garden Club has cultivated every plant from seed. Stay tuned for more details.