This edible classroom at Carver Middle School is a firm introduction to Catapult’s fundamental concepts: wilderness, youth, leadership, and diversity. While they are on the “farm," students learn about nutrition & exercise, plant science, and service to others as they help choose what to plant, how to maintain the garden, enjoy the harvest, and share their work with their peers, families, and larger communities.
Farm-to-forest students are invited to monthly hikes in the mountains surrounding Los Angeles. During a brand-new hike each month, students learn to appreciate nature as they become more familiar with the sights and sounds of the wyld.
Photo: Students show off the "farm" harvest... they took 30 lbs of radishes home from the school garden that day!
A Word from Latasha Buck, Principal of Carver Middle School...
"Every week, students look forward to working in the garden and watching the fruits of their labor literally grow -- corn, pumpkins, herbs, flowers, etc! The garden reinforces community as our students share the garden's gifts with our staff and families.
Not only are our students learning about how to take care of our earth, but they are taking pride in the work they are doing in the garden. Our garden is also a space for our parent volunteers to give back to the school in a way that is accessible and fulfilling to them."