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Oct 13, 2015 5:29 PM ET

Archived: Growing our School Garden in the South Ward of Newark

iCrowdNewswire - Oct 13, 2015

Growing our School Garden in the South Ward of Newark

Students carry 30 watering cans down 3 stories to grow our garden.

Clearing out garbage and weeds

the project

We are transforming an abandoned lot in the South Ward into a thriving school garden that provides outdoor experiences and cheap, real, organic food in a neighborhood where it is largely unavailable. Our scholars and staff are working hard to create this garden that will beautify and sustain our corner of Newark for years to come. 

the steps

  1. Week 1: Build classroom benches and pre-fab shed
  2. Week 2: Install benches and shed. Fill shed with supplies and tools
  3. Week 3: Install rain barrels and hoses for irrigation 
  4. Week 4: Fill beds with soil and sow with seeds

why we’re doing it

The South Ward of Newark is riddled with vacant lots and homes–especially the block across from our school. Instead of having children look out their classroom windows at old, burned out, abandoned homes, we are hoping they can look at gardens they planted themselves, where communities can come together to share fresh, real, cheap organic food in a place where that is hard to find, and to make Newark as beautiful as we know it can be. 

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