In 2015, Garrett Williamson built the Videon Educational Garden (VEG) that exists on a half acre of the campus. Since its installation, the garden has expanded to include a recently added produce processing station and outdoor classroom space. The garden itself is home to over 100 varieties of produce. In addition to growing many fruits, vegetables, plants, and herbs that are often distributed to our families, the garden has become a focal point for an environmental education program that includes a land stewardship program as well as a healthy nutrition component.
Over 350 students and campers, ages 3-15, as well as parents and staff get to plant, harvest, and learn in the garden. The goal of the garden is to grow children and families that are excited about fresh and local fruit, have a taste for produce and healthy foods, and are passionate about plants.
During the overlap of the school year and the growing season, our five pre-K and Kindergarten classes have weekly, hour long formal lessons in the garden, which have themes related to farming, gardening, and nature. Our campers have two periods a week in the garden, in which they help take care of the space, taste both new and familiar veggies, and learn about the biology and histories of the plants we grow. Harvests from the educational garden are used to supplement lunches for our summer camp program and are frequently distributed to our families.
In the three growing seasons since the founding of our garden, we have noticed an enormous impact on our children and families. We have heard from parents and families that children have requested to grow their own garden, or they ask for veggies for dinner that they tried in their garden class.
Donate: The garden program demands a long list of supplies that we wouldn’t be able to maintain without your support. Contact Farmer Zoe to donate gently-used farm or garden equipment, or check out our wishlist on Amazon.
Sponsor: New projects are on the horizon, like raised beds, a greenhouse, and even fence repairs, but we can’t do it without your support.