Tahoe-Truckee’s Forest Charter students start garden club
July 2, 2013
TAHOE/TRUCKEE, Calif. — "It's all about dirt," explained a recent Forest Charter School graduate. Inspired by East Coast Farmer and speaker, Joel Salatin, Forest Charter School has started a school garden at the Pioneer Commerce Center. Students who have joined the weekly club have been involved in building the raised garden beds, starting seeds indoors, writing letters for donations, transplanting seeds, digging irrigation lines, and transporting the soil and mulch. The young gardeners will be responsible for certain weeks over the summer of keeping watch over the growing plants, and harvesting the bounty of vegetables as they thrive in the Truckee climate.
The Club came up with the list of vegetables to plant including various lettuces, radishes, carrots, squash, kale, onions, spinach, and potatoes. Students also created a wildflower and cut flower garden to help bring in pollinators to the garden site. Flowers such as sunflowers, California poppies, local wildflowers, and bachelor buttons are currently planted in the beds.
In the fall, students will partner with Full Belly Deli, to harvest and explore all of the aspects of the farm-to-table experience. Thank you to the following businesses who donated to the school garden: Rock & Rose, Villager Nursery, Alpine Yard Care, and the Eastern Regional Landfill.
Forest Charter School is a personalized learning program serving students in grades K-12, and accredited by WASC. The Tahoe/Truckee Learning Center is located at 10725 Pioneer Trail, Truckee on the second floor of the Sierra Building. Visit http://www.forestcharter.com or call 530-550-7205 for more information.
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