We created this website to promote school gardens in Estacada, Oregon.
Eagle Creek Elementary's Outdoor Learning Garden Classroom in full bloom!
Funded by a Lowe's Toolbox for Education grant, the Eagle Creek Elementary Outdoor Learning Garden Classroom began with a community work party, February 2010!
Installing the drip irrigation system at the Eagle Creek Elementary Garden Classroom, with the help of Lowe's Wood Village store employee volunteers, Geo and Stephanie, June 2010.
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Develop a self-supporting, district-wide, K-12 school garden program.
Involve students, teachers, parents, and community members in the stewardship of Estacada School District learning gardens.
Objectives:Support and reinforce the District's efforts to purchase fresh, local produce by working with the District Food and Nutrition Services to help identify and/or grow local, sustainably-produced foods for the District's meal programs.
Expand outdoor learning opportunities where students participate in garden-based activities that are interwoven within grade-appropriate math, science, social studies, and arts curricula.
Educate people about interconnected relationships of food, environment, ecology, community, and cultural histories.
Decrease the risk of food insecurity in our community and improve nutrition through fun, hands-on learning activities.
Fun facts about SEED's garden efforts:
· SEED began with an inaugural meeting on February 17, 2009. Soon after, ground was broken on the first of three school garden at River Mill Elementary.
· SEED wrote a successful $3,700 grant to Lowe’s in 2009 and built our second school garden, tool shed and compost bins at Eagle Creek Elementary in spring of 2010.
· SEED biennially holds a fall Harvest Dinner and Silent Auction fundraiser to fund ongoing expenses for tools, soil, seeds, starts, etc.
· SEED broke ground during the winter of 2010-2011 at the Estacada Junior High on a lovely pinwheel-shaped garden, using donated funds. The garden was first was planted by students on Earth Day of 2011.
· SEED wrote a successful $7,955 grant to the Clackamas County Healthy Eating Active Living in 2010 to complete the construction of the Estacada High 30 ft. x 80 ft. greenhouse. The greenhouse was put into service fall of 2012.
· SEED wrote a successful $2,000 grant to the Whole Foods Whole Kids Foundation to expand and build a second garden at the Estacada Junior High School. This row crop garden capitalizes on the long-standing partnership between the Estacada Junior High students who volunteer weekly at the Estacada Area Food Bank. In spring 2014, this garden was built and planted, and it is being maintained and harvested by students to provide fresh produce that the Food Bank otherwise has to buy at great expense.
Annually hundreds of pounds of fresh garden produce are donated to the Estacada Area Food Bank and delivered to the Estacada School District summer food program and school cafeterias from these school gardens.