Making Waves Academy
At Making Waves Academy, our garden area is in split locations. In one area, we have three medium sized concrete raised beds and approximately ten half wine barrels. This area is planted to vegetables and herbs. In another area, we have ten additional half barrels (outside our teacher’s lounge) planted to seasonal flowers. Our main site consists of five large sized wooden raised beds. This area is currently where our main winter/spring garden is growing. It is planted to a variety of produce including cabbage, Swiss chard, brussel sprouts, carrots, starter apple trees, etc. The garden is primarily maintained by the 6th grade GEL (Gardening Eco-Literacy). This class is a group of twelve students that split their time between the garden and the classroom, where gardening/health/eco-literacy concepts are reinforced. In addition to the 6th grade GEL class, a cooking class also uses the garden to reinforce relevant concepts. Our soil is going through some testing at the moment, but moving forward the intention is for the gardening class to provide the cooking class with produce they can use in their food production. Various other classes also use the gardening spaces to sit and work. One teacher has classroom rabbits that she takes out to the main gardening area (this garden is fenced in).