Atlanta schools are going green with growing community gardens

Decatur kids checking out the yellow summer squash in their garden at Medlock Elementary School (photo courtesy of the Medlock website)

Decatur kids checking out the yellow summer squash in their garden at Medlock Elementary School (photo courtesy of the Medlock website)

A couple of weeks ago, I came across this article in Creative Loafing about school gardens in Atlanta. The act of gardening pushes kids (and grown-ups) to understand the science of food growth and where it comes from, the art of cooking, study the effects on the senses, and the joy of creating something and watching it grow – all while being active digging, pulling, planting, moving. Luckily, there are organizations like the Mendez Foundation’s Seeds of Nutrition Program (who are working with Cascade Elementary school’s garden in the West End) and the Edible Schoolyard in California which promote well-being in school yards and classrooms alike.

Morningside Elementary School in Atlanta also has two school gardens – one on the main campus and one on the kindergarten campus. Both focus on the animal life, composting, and harvesting associated with agriculture (among other things).

Thanks Chveya (see comment below) for ading that there is school garden at Medlock Elementary School in Decatur! It’s quite impressive with 17 raised garden beds, a butterfly garden, benches, and a large deck!

I’m going to continue researching school gardens and gardening programs in Atlanta, so if you know of any, please feel free to share!

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2 Responses to “Atlanta schools are going green with growing community gardens”
  1. Chveya says:

    Medlock Elementary in Dekalb county has a garden on campus: http://medlockelementarypta.org/children_garden.htm

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