North Stratfield School Breaks Ground on School Vegetable Garden


Fairfield, CT – On Thursday, April 29, 2010, at 3:35 pm, North Stratfield School (NSS) will hold a Ground Breaking Ceremony for its raised garden bed plots.  Members of the school’s Brownie and Girl Scout troops will work together to measure and dig out the grass for the two plots.  Inspired by the success of Roger Sherman and Mill Hill Elementary Schools, the NSS PTA leadership, with the support of Principal Deborah Jackson, prioritized the project of creating a school vegetable garden of its own.  NSS parents and former educators, Anika Knox and Aimee O’Brien, are the co-chairs of the Garden Committee.

The goal for the garden is to inspire students, teachers, and the North Stratfield community with a hands-on connection to the food cycle, the natural environment, and the physical benefits of gardening.  The Groundbreaking Ceremony will be the first of many activities related to the garden that will bring the school community together to achieve this goal.  Seed planting by all first graders will take place Friday morning.  On the following day, Saturday, May 1st from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm, members of NSS Boy Scout Troop 95 will be constructing the raised garden bed frames.

Knox and O’Brien received an A.C.T. Grant of $400 from the town of Fairfield in the fall.  A.C.T. stands for Adults and Children Together.  Fairfield Green Food Guide founder and NSS parent, Analiese Paik, arranged for an additional contribution from Whole Foods Market (WFM) in Westport equaling $500 worth of in-kind donations of seeds, seedlings and healthy snacks and refreshments for the volunteers involved in the establishment of the NSS school vegetable garden.  Katie Cole from WFM will be in attendance.

“Even before Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution show came about, I was determined that my children were going to know what foods came from which plants,” stated O’Brien, a former NSS 5th grade teacher and mother of three.  “I am proud to be a part of this exciting school community effort.”  Knox, the experienced gardener of the two, received her graduate degree in developmental psychology and worked with pre-school children in Head Start programs, finding links between gardening and positive behavior.  She added, “The possibilities for learning from the garden are endless.  We are happy to provide the garden as a resource for teachers in whatever way they may envision.”

Currently, three elementary schools and two of the middle schools have established gardens.  North Stratfield School is among a number of schools in the district that have begun plans this school year to establish vegetable gardens.

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For more information, contact:

Aimee O’Brien, (203) 610-5090,

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