Tritt Elementary hosted their first garden workday recently in partnership with Captain Planet and Kennesaw State to create a learning garden. Ain Chike, Captain Planet’s gardening coach, along with interns, Laura Ladov, Andrea Blaton, Sarah Dasher, and Bang Tran, taught third-fifth grade students how to use gardening tools to prepare beds for planting. Students harvested forty-three gourds, pulled up weeds, moved and assembled raised beds, and filled the beds with compost. It was quite a sight seeing the students work together to move a pile of compost with shovels and wheelbarrows!
Kennesaw State’s Campus Executive Chef, Billy Skiber, gave Tritt students a culinary experience during their workday. He shared a delicious salad made of corn and spinach grown from their campus garden and shared their Farm to Table approach with the students. He plans to return for class demonstrations and to give cooking lessons using the plants harvested from Tritt’s Learning Garden.
Tritt’s primary students will take the lead for the planting day scheduled in October. Organizers hope students will learn sustainability in the various phases of their lives. Having them participate in preparing the soil, planting the seeds, and seeing the fruit from their labor provides a rich learning experience that goes beyond the four walls of their classrooms.