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The 2017 Gilda Allen Best School Garden Award Winners

Thurgood Marshall Academy Public Charter High School

Daishai' Kyle

Thurgood Marshall Academy (TMA) has applied much hard work and effort into the TMA Garden. The students play a larger role in the gardening process than the instructors. Although the instructors have taught the students everything that they know, they allow the students to do everything by themselves. All the vegetables that are freshly grown in the garden are also used to make meals after the students pick them themselves. All vegetables are grown fresh in the garden and are picked at perfect timing, so that they are just right. The instructors take their time to beautify the garden by laying mulch and killing all of the weeds that are prone to killing all the vegetables and fruits. The garden has come a long way from where it has started and is only willing to expand even more for further years.

Stoddert Elementary School

Jack Hare

For many schools, agricultural learning means things like slides, lectures, etc., but at my school, this isn’t how it is. Here at Stoddert Elementary School, since 2013 there has been a school garden. Kids can not only get up close and personal with plants, they can also learn how to plant vegetables and fruit. Stoddert uses this also to earn a little money by running a farmer’s market, where you can buy carrots, squash, cucumbers, and more. Not only that, but you can also purchase homemade lemonade, if you want some added sugar with your greens. Children can also learn about bugs and even chickens, along with some other miscellaneous creatures. Yessiree, we really do have it all at the Stoddert Elementary Garden.