Fairfield’s edible schoolyard gardens at Sherman, McKinley, Mill Hill and Dwight elementary schools along with Fairfield Woods and Roger Ludlowe middle schools received a financial donation from the Fairfield Green Food Guide funded by proceeds from the August screening of the documentary food film FRESH. The donation will help fund the gardens’ expenses and also serves to recognize the work of the parent volunteers, school staff and students running and working in the gardens. School gardens represented at the event also received organic seeds for various seasonal plantings.
The event was held on October 9 at the site of Fairfield Ludlowe’s organic, square foot garden, which still had unblighted tomatoes on the vine, carrots in the ground and nasturtium in bloom. I was delighted to hear that the students are visiting the garden and most recently learned to recognize a carrot by its top before harvesting it for use in a knife skills class.
None of these gardens would be possible without the support and help of teachers like Michelle Flashman (top and above), and Jeff Iwanicki (above) and buy in from the students and administration. My advice to anyone wanting to start a school garden is to learn from someone who has already done it to better understand the challenges and how to overcome them. Clearly the six gardens honored on this day are proof that those challenges are hardly insurmountable.