Sixth-grade class harvests herbs from Tower Garden

Sixth-grade class harvests herbs from Tower Garden
Posted on 01/24/2020
Teacher lecturing students in front of Tower GardenSchool gardens are a wonderful way to extend the classroom outdoors, reconnect students with the natural world and learn valuable gardening skills.

In November, Lackawanna Middle School students participated in the setup of a Tower Garden, which are indoor hydroponic growing units. Students properly maintained the system to ensure a healthy yield, and in January, Ms. Ortiz's sixth-grade class harvested the first batch of Inner Harbor herbs and seasonings. Throughout the year, students will be able to grow fresh vegetables, herbs and greens on a regular basis.

Students are learning valuable gardening concepts and skills that can integrate ELA, math, science, art, health, and social studies, as well as foster personal and social responsibility, as part of this project.

Special thanks to Cornell Cooperative Extension, Creating Healthy Schools and Communities, and Jennifer O'Connor, school grant coordinator, for making this endeavor possible!

Student reading next to Tower Garden

Herbs from Tower Garden

Students planting seeds in Tower Garden

Students and teacher planting seeds in Tower Garden

Students at work

Mint

Tower Garden

Teacher lecturing students in front of Tower Garden
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