Grant Street Garden

Grant Street School Garden

Read about what’s been happening in the school gardens:  Garden teaches Grant Street students from the ground up

Read archived garden newsletters:

The Garden Dirt – Oct 2011 (pdf)

Grant Street Garden Newsletter – Fall 2010 (pdf)

Visit the Jefferson County School Garden & Compost Program Website

Thank You WSU Master Gardeners!

November 2011 – WSU Master Gardeners have awarded $450 to the Grant Street Elementary School Garden. This grant will fund improved fencing and greenhouse siding, as well as purchases of food for school garden programming. Many thanks to the WSU Master Gardeners!

Thank You Port Townsend Rotary!

July 2011 – We were recently notified that the Port Townsend Rotary has donated $1,000 to the Grant Street School Garden. Their generous support is greatly appreciated!

Welcome Alex Moro!

May 2011 – The Jefferson County Farm to School Coalition would like to Welcome Alex Moro as the new School Garden Coordinator for Grant Street School!

The Hiring Committee reached its decision after creating a selection process, conducting interviews and hands-on testing. Alex will join the teaching team and work with Candice in curriculum development. He is currently serving a probationary training period.

Alex comes to us with a degree from Evergreen State College in Sustainable Agriculture, as well as experience working with youth of all ages in the garden at Evergreen and with Garden Raised Urban Bounty (GRUB). He has also used his education from Culinary School to educate students about bringing the garden to the plate in a tasty and nutritious way.

Thank you, Alex, for sharing your talents and expertise with our children here in Jefferson County!

September 2010 – “What’s Growing On in the Garden?”

That is the theme of this month’s bulletin board at Grant Street School. We’re excited to announce that the school garden has been given the opportunity to have their very own bulletin board to feature news and the question of the quarter…which is “Is a tomato a vegetable or a fruit?” Look for updates and volunteer opportunities on the board if you frequent the school. If not, I am about to present a myriad of opportunities to get involved and be supportive….

  • Announcing Tuesday garden day at Grant Street! So far, this year there has been a great interest from the teachers to participate in the school garden program. Every Tuesday all classes will have the chance to visit the garden. Any one with garden experience or teaching experience welcome to lend a hand. And, the garden always could use weeding!
  • Did I mention the garden could always use weeding! There will be a series of “garden work parties” to come. The next garden work party will be Sept. 14th from 4-7 Please come even if you just have an hour or so to help. Many hands make for light work!
  • The school garden will be on this year’s “Grow Your Own Tour” on Sept. 18th. We will need help to prepare the garden for its debut…see work party info above… We will also need volunteers willing to hang around to show off the garden and greet folks.
  • The school garden will also get the opportunity to be a part of Grant Street’s Open House on Sept. 28th at 6:30 p.m. Please stop by and show your support… and enjoy a tasty garden fresh treat!
  • Please let me know if you are willing to help in any way. Specify what you are willing to help with and the times you’re available. Please provide a good contact number as well.

Thank you for all your support…these changes come with your help!
Jessica Winsheimer
JCF2S Volunteer Coordinator

June 2010 – 3rd Graders Love Salad!

3rd Graders Love Salad!Washing, making & eating salad!

Grant Street classroom gardeners culminated their school year in the garden by harvesting the vegetables, herbs and edible flowers they had grown. They then made a beautiful salad for all to enjoy. A new experience for many of the kids, they went back for more… one even had six helpings!

We currently have programs at the Grant Street Elementary School in Port Townsend and at Quilcene School and work with over 350 students in our garden classes and over 500 in the composting program. Students participate in all aspect of the garden cycle from preparing garden beds, germinating seeds, planting, watering, weeding, harvesting and then preparing healthy dishes from the garden bounty.

Young Gardeners Munching Purple Broccoli
Young gardeners munch purple broccoli in the school garden at Grant Street

Children learn to make healthy food choices. Rates of childhood obesity and diabetes have skyrocketed. Helping students grow and eat from their own garden offers a healthy change to diets high in processed foods. If they grow it, they will eat it!

The garden is a wonderful place to experiment and to learn by doing. It is always a heartwarming moment when a child begs to pick fresh kale or discovers that they like a new healthy food. Nothing can compare to thrill of seeing small faces beaming as they leave the garden munching on a nutritious treat they have grown.