April Declared National Gardening Month at Roger Ludlowe Middle School


Contact: Amie Guyette Hall

E-mail: amieghall@aol.com

Phone: 203-256-0426

Fax: 203-256-0323

April Declared National Gardening Month at Roger Ludlowe Middle School at 3 pm on April 5th

Square Foot Gardening at Ludlowe
Square Foot Gardening at Ludlowe

Where does your food come from? That’s a question Roger Ludlowe Middle School (RLMS) students have been asked by Amie Guyette Hall, Founder and Director of From Your Inside Out, a health counseling practice located in Fairfield, CT. Their response was to take part in building an organic vegetable garden. In recognition of that effort, Fairfield’s First Selectman Ken Flatto will attend a ribbon cutting on Monday, April 5th in the school’s garden. The cutting will be a kick-off event in declaring April National Gardening Month and a celebration recognizing the outstanding gardening efforts of student gardeners across the district. All community members are welcome to participate in the excitement!

A lot of hard work went in to planning the Square Foot Garden (www.squarefootgardening.com), now in its second growing season. RLMS’s Jeff Iwanicki and Scott Morris of Fairfield Woods Middle School, both Tech Ed teachers, have been instrumental in the physical construction of the raised bed boxes guiding students during and after school in practical application of woodworking skills. But even more effort has been put into growing gardens across Fairfield. Flagship efforts for organic school gardens started a few years ago. Roger Sherman Elementary, spearheaded by Annelise McCay, sparked the interest. They have successfully integrated their garden as a teaching tool for nearly six years.

The Roger Ludlowe Middle School Garden pre-season
The Roger Ludlowe Middle School Garden pre-season

But they are not alone. Since then, the idea has spread like wildfire. A number of community schools have implemented a garden as part of their curriculum. “I support these outdoor classrooms as they present unlimited learning opportunities for our students,” said RLMS Principal Glenn Mackno.

And that’s where Amie Guyette Hall comes in. Ms. Hall has been very active in our schools the past few years. She continues to support these projects working diligently to involve students and to bring them together across the district. She believes that connecting children and families to their food, their community and the land is essential to the health and happiness that we all want. School gardens are a big piece of making that happen.

About Amie Hall

Ms. Hall supports individuals and families in achieving health and lifestyle goals while living a passionate life. Her unique approach to wellness combines food counseling with lifestyle coaching and offers nutrition and cooking education through workshops, as well as one-on-one and group health programs that are geared to meet the unique needs and goals of each individual, of all ages.

For more information, contact Amie Guyette Hall at amieghall@aol.com. [www.fromyourinsideout.com]

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