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Gardening at Presidio Hill School

Gardening Encourages Community at PHS

Through our school wide gardening program we grow as many different food crops as possible, hoping to inspire our students to try growing their own fresh fruits and vegetables. Digging, planting, and tasting activities are vehicles of opportunity for our students to celebrate community. Exposing students to garden ecosystems, growing beans, observing bees, flowers, and soil organisms nurtures their inherent curiosity and wonder for the natural world. Connection to seasonal change, caring for each other, eating healthy, and risk taking through food tasting are all foundations of our pedagogy. Every garden visit students practice becoming stewards of our community. Whether we are using rainwater to water crops, adding food scraps to the warm farm collected from our classrooms, or tasting kale, students are immersed in the gardening experience. This year we are thrilled to start our second season growing Row 7 Seeds vegetables. Their passion for healthy organic food, exclusively use of non-GMO stock, and years of expertise has guided our school in adopting many of the Row 7 Seed lines as seasonal crops for our rooftop garden. We are all excited for another growing season!

We are deeply grateful to the founders who have helped make this unique outdoor classroom and urban garden possible. Our students benefit from it everyday. 

 

Kindergartners farming in the rain on the rooftop garden: Presidio Hill School 

 

The rooftop garden is an extension of the third-floor science lab on the north side of campus. The first planting was in the fall of 2002 and has grown into an integral part of the PHS experience. The demonstration garden purposely showcases sustainable growing methods that students and the community can easily learn from. In the last few years, student project contributions include, a rain harvest system, reclaimed redwood raised beds, a warm farm, native plant nursery, and solar panels to help offset our science lab electricity demands. An emphasis on involving students in the design process promotes healthy solutions-based science experiences. We strive to help preserving our natural resources and develop environmental stewards in our community. 

Sunrise on the rooftop demonstration garden: Washington Street Building