Early Childhood Education Division builds self-sustaining garden

last modified Feb 26, 2013 03:37 PM

The Early Childhood Education Department planted four raised bed vegetable and herb gardens as well as two table gardens (for ADA Compliance and to demonstrate best practices) on Friday, February 15, 2013.  The gardens will be used to teach students the fundamentals needed to start and sustain the gardening process through the College's Health, Safety and Nutrition classes.

As an example, the Exploration Activities class will use the gardens as math and science labs, CPCC's Children with Exceptionalities class will use the gardens to demonstrate ADA compliance and the produce from the gardens will be used to demonstrate healthy eating. Any excess produce will be donated to Friendship Trays, in partnership with Friendship Gardens.

The project leads were Janna Son-Yarbrough, division director, and Pam McIntyre, an instructor in the Early Childhood Division.

As a result of the team's efforts, the gardens will:

·         promote healthier eating habits and healthier lifestyles among Early Childhood Education students, as well as the children and families with whom the students come in contact.

·         provide extra produce to Meals on Wheels, keeping down the cost of food preparation for this community organization.

·         create a possible interdisciplinary collaboration with the Baking and Pastry Arts program (provide herbs and vegetables to Aspire Bistro), Horticulture (compost, plant sales, and soil studies), and Disability Services (maintain appropriate ADA standards and develop new ways to support people with disabilities).