November 18, 2015

Strawberry Fields Garden

We have many exciting programs, plans and ways to get involved with Strawberry Fields. We even have a brand-new outdoor kitchen! If you would like to join our garden team, you can sign up here. Questions?  Contact Maggie Tuohy (maggie@2efamily.com) or Elizabeth Ebinger (elizabeth.ebinger@gmail.com).

Garden Recess
When you volunteer for Garden Recess on Thursdays, you’ll get to spend time with Seth Boyden students as they explore and work in Strawberry Fields. Just sign in at the office, get a visitor’s pass and meet us in the garden. Recess times are as follows:
– 3rd Grade: 10:30-11am
– Multi-age (Gray, Imperato, Herman, Dulny, Connell, Murphy): 11-11:30am
– 4th Grade: 11:30am-12pm
– Multi-age (Kelly, Sands, Koppenal, Garcia-Pedrosa, Rollin): 12:25-12:55pm
– Kindergarten: 1:35-2:05pm

Garden Ninjas
Adults who would rather help in the garden during evenings or weekends can become Garden Ninjas. Signing up is not a commitment for anything other than being in the loop. If a mission fits your schedule, volunteer. If not, let it pass. Contact Tara at tabenigno@gmail.com for more details.

The Teaching Gardens
Every Seth Boyden class has a garden bed to plan, plant, and maintain. Students experience the life cycle from germination through harvest, from garden waste to re-use, using their own hands and resources to complete the cycle. They learn to properly nurture plants and develop an understanding of the inter-relationship between wildlife and plant life.

Vegetable, flower and herb gardens teach about processes, cause and effect, and healthy nutrition. Through garden design and management, students learn about ratios, perimeters, area, survey design, graphing, measurement, and calendar skills. Counting, measuring, and weighing reinforce math skills. Students visit the garden daily to observe and note changes, and keep individual and classroom garden journals.

New Jersey Habitat Gardens
Seth Boyden students and staff study birds, animals, insects, plants and microorganisms in the New Jersey Habitat Gardens. In the spring of 2016, we will begin revamping the gardens to include story trails that will lead kids on a journey through nature as they run through its wild and carefree space.

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