I posted earlier about our pathway created using broken white granite donated by Arizona Tile Co. Here is a picture of the path. We layed it on 1/4 minus gravel that was levelish at best and it came out great. The kids loved hauling the gravel and sweeping the path.
Hi gardeners. I am a principal in Avondale, Az. I was approached by three students who wanted to start a nature and garden club at our school. That same day, this grant came across my desk. I am so excited to bring this to our school-Rancho Santa Fe Elementary.
Hi fellow gardeners! I am excited to begin a school garden at Highland Elementary in Mesa, AZ. I am in the process of applying for grant assistance and will soon be breaking ground to start a spring garden. I have attached a picture of our plan. The area is empty, flat and full of sun! I look forward to hearing about your experiences in the garden and any comments you may have and wisdom to share!
One of the things we've started at Desert Marigold School is an annual event to celebrate the garden. Our second annual Mad Hatter Garden Tea Party is coming up on February 22 and we're really excited about it. We're very fortunate to have a wonderful local business sponsor working with us - Wisdom Nectar Tea - and one of the activities we'll be offering is tea blending using some of the herbs we grow in the garden. It's made a big difference for us to realize that in addition to inviting our community to come work in our garden, it's really important to invite our community to come play and celebrate - and eat! - in the garden. We're specifically using the event to help raise funds for an outdoor kitchen that will be able to support a whole host of other community events.
We've been working on our school's garden project for about 2 years and I am amazed at the free and repurposed materials that I've come across. We just finished a pathway made from broken countertop material. Arizona Tile Company donated 2 pallets of broken white granite. We turned it upside down on a base of 1/4 minus gravel, took a sledge hammer to it, spread the pieces and ta duh, stepping stones! The students love sweeping gravel into the cracks and how pretty it looks after it rains. I'll be talking to more companies and contractors about "scrap" donations, so that we can add more pathways. Now that's a deal!
Our school, Country Gardens Charter School is so excited to become a part of this great network.We are located in Laveen, AZ. Last year students created a garden with recycled tires, pallets and concrete. They painted all the items then created a pleasing garden area with beautiful plants. We do not have any fruit or vegetable gardens at the present and hope to build raised bed gardens this spring. --Nick Burge, Science Director
It will be along haul for our small rural school. The students have the gumption, place, and are learning the know how. It will be a great place to visit, learn and be a part of the land in other ways than just looking out at beautiful Arizona sunsets. There is much enthusiasm towards their garden goal.