Seth Boyden Wins $10,000 Grant to Develop Garden

Seth Boyden has become one of 11 schools and/or districts in the state to be awarded a $10,000 grant through Sustainable Jersey’s first round of school grants for the year. The grants were funded by the New Jersey Education Association and checks were presented at a brunch and ceremony on Thursday in Trenton.

The money will fund Story Trails and new planting in the school’s Habitat Garden, a mostly wild area in the school’s back yard devoted to plants and trees native to New Jersey. The story trails will be designed to lead students on walks of discovery through the garden, helping them learn to identify species in the garden, as well as to discover the animals and insects that call the patch home. Planners hope members of the community will use the garden as well. […]

Strawberry Fields Adds an Outdoor Kitchen

It is harvest cooking time at Seth Boyden, thanks to the efforts of a soon-to-be Eagle Scout and the school’s garden teacher.

On Oct. 18, Columbia junior Jack Kelly cut the ribbon on Seth Boyden’s new outdoor kitchen, which he built as his Eagle Scout project. The kitchen, which includes a long stainless steel prep counter with a sink, and a small gathering space complete with white board, was built mostly in Jack’s parents’ garage. (Jack’s mom, Lynn Kelly, is a teacher at Seth Boyden and his Boy Scout Troop, Troop 5, calls Seth Boyden home.) Jack raised all the money for its construction and then, with the help of fellow Troop 5 Scouts and some dedicated dads and friends, lugged it to the garden and installed it.  […]

Garden Recess – School Farm to Table Feast!

Garden Recess was kicked off on Thursday with a wonderful school farm to table feast!  Students picked and washed apples from our many apple trees, pulled carrots from the ground, snipped collard greens and kale from the garden beds and took part in washing, chopping and cooking these fresh, delicious ingredients.  With the student’s help and several Read more about Garden Recess – School Farm to Table Feast![…]

Learn more about the Outdoor Learning Center Committee!

The Outdoor Learning Center Committee is a group of parents who are committed to enhancing Seth Boyden’s outdoor learning space, gardens and play areas. This group meets bi-monthly and is part of the PTA. The mission of this group is rooted in the groundbreaking work done by parents, staff and volunteers who built the Strawberry Read more about Learn more about the Outdoor Learning Center Committee![…]

Strawberry Fields Celebrates ‘Farm to School’ Week

Seth Boyden students enjoyed demonstrations of locally grown foods as well as a lesson in civics on Sept. 25 when Assemblyman John F. McKeon and Assemblywoman Mila M. Jasey came to Strawberry Fields to celebrate “Farm to School Week.” McKeon is the sponsor of a measure that designated the last week of September as “Jersey Read more about Strawberry Fields Celebrates ‘Farm to School’ Week[…]

Plants are growing in Seth Boyden

Plants are growing in Seth Boyden’s Strawberry Fields garden, of course, but children’s imaginations and understanding of the natural world are growing, too. The garden has never been empty this year, with the Garden Committee heading up a cadre of volunteers to make the garden a beehive of activity. On Tuesdays and Thursdays, children visit Read more about Plants are growing in Seth Boyden[…]