Voices: School Gardens

We asked elementary school students: What would you like the people you love to know about your school garden?

January 5, 2016

Issue 16: January/February 2016Voices
Camryn Hernandez-Maldonado and Allie Sibley

Camryn Hernandez-Maldonado and Allie Sibley

The garden makes me want to play with the butterflies. The garden teaches me all about plants. The garden makes me feel so happy!

Camryn Hernandez-Maldonado, second grade, Borton Elementary Magnet School

The garden makes me feel happy because I love the bees and butterflies. It teaches me about insects. I like the garden because it’s a quiet place.

Allie Sibley, second grade, Borton Elementary Magnet School

Angeli Marin Cruz and Juan Rodriguez

Angeli Marin Cruz and Juan Rodriguez

I feel glad because we take care of the garden. It is fun when we plant seeds and seedlings. I feel proud because we work together to make the garden grow. We get to eat the food we grow and share it with other kids. Gardening at school helps me garden at home. If we plant at the school, I learn how to plant in my home.

Angeli Marin Cruz, third grade, John B. Wright Elementary

I feel joyful because we help the garden grow. I am glad because we work together. I feel happy because we learn in the garden. I feel proud to share what we grow with the school cafeteria. I feel excited to plant seeds and seedlings.

Juan Rodriguez, third grade, John B. Wright Elementary

Xander Madden and Valeria Ortega

Xander Madden and Valeria Ortega

When I enter the school garden, I think and feel like I should work at Manzo when I get older. I would like to be the garden coordinator, and I can get information from the school and use it for a home garden. We have rearranged our garden at home many times. Right now we’re growing peas, corn, Swiss chard, and onions. When I learn something in the school garden, I can do it in my garden at home, and when I learn something at home, I can do it in the school garden.

Xander Madden, third grade, Manzo Elementary

What’s most important is that when the vegetables are ready, they go to the cafeteria and we eat it. I like working in the garden because I work with my friends. I feel proud about the garden because it grows vegetables like corn, carrots, and chiles. I feel proud because we help kids get more fruits and vegetables. I also like the chickens. We get to hold them, and before Manzo I never held a chicken before. At first I was scared because I thought they were going to poop on me. But now when I go in to catch a chicken, I feel wonderful.

Valeria Ortega, third grade, Manzo Elementary

Mikey Becies and Francesca Durán

Mikey Becies and Francesca Durán

I would want them to know how being in the garden makes learning so much fun. Also how the garden has tons of cool things. Our garden has chickens and an adobe oven that we use to make pizza. The garden has tons of cool plants and fruits that taste so good. I also think it is so cool that the garden is right in the middle of town. The best part is that I get to see it every day when I come to school.

Mikey Becies, fifth grade, Davis Bilingual Elementary Magnet School

I would like everyone to know that the Davis garden is also a community garden and people can just come in and enjoy it as much as we do. Then they don’t have to waste money at the grocery store. We never use pesticides. Everything is 100 percent organic: seeds and fruit and veggies. Also it might be noisy but I don’t mind it. This is the place I’d most like to be in the entire school.

Francesca Durán, fourth grade, Davis Bilingual Elementary Magnet School







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