Community Garden – “The Giving Garden”
Since 2011, New Eagle students have been planting, tending, and harvesting vegetables and herbs from our Giving Garden to donate to our local food cupboard, located just 1 mile from the school at 945 N. Valley Forge Road. As a member of the Chester County Food Bank’s amazing Raised Bed Garden Program, all seeds, seedlings, row covers, organic fertilizer, row covers, hoops, and salt hay are provided by the Chester County Food Bank. We are a three-season garden (fall, spring, and summer) and in 2019 the students grew:
- 3 lbs of radishes
- 4.5 lbs of broccoli
- 9.5 lbs of beets
- 24 lbs of lettuce
- 3 lbs of green beans
- 2 lbs of peppers
- 1 lb of eggplants
- 4lbs of radishes
- 1 lb of spinach
- 3 lbs of kale
(Plus bags and bags of basil and parsley)
Totaling 55 pounds of fresh veggies to help our neighbors in need!
In addition to coordinating day-to-day garden management, the Garden Committee also organizes New Eagle’s Earth Fest – a schoolwide celebration of all things green and growing! Students work in the garden and rotate through committee member led stations to learn about basic conservation and backyard ecology topics.
Do you like to play in the dirt? Interested in learning more about gardening (or read: why all my plants die)? Want to help feed your neighbors? Do you have a list of fun up cycling projects but no kids who are interested? Did you laugh at any of these descriptions? Contact us! There are many different types of projects and time commitments for parents to work on. The Giving Garden takes an incredible village and we are deeply grateful to anyone of any experience level who would like to get their hands dirty (pun absolutely intended) and join us.