The Schoolyard Gardens Program unites school communities through the production of high quality organic local produce and participation in enriched nutrition, biology, ecology, agriculture, and economic education in Somerville. Through Schoolyard Gardens, Somerville Public School students have the opportunity to plant and harvest their own food. Groundwork then uses that experience as a catalyst to empower them to make decisions that positively affect their own health and the health of the environment. The Schoolyard Gardens curriculum, which complies with Massachusetts Education Standards, focuses on children in kindergarten through 8th grade and reaches over 400 students per year.
Also under the umbrella of Schoolyard Gardens are two garden related programs run outside the public school system. Groundwork oversees a Spring Break Camp at the Somerville Community Growing Center and Nature Workshops at three branches of the Somerville Public Library.
In 2011, Groundwork offered Schoolyard Gardens in 9 schools each season, and reached over 450 students. The program also provided opportunities for 26 weekly-committing volunteers to assist in seasonal school garden programming and many additional opportunities for one-time volunteers to engage.
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