The Highland School Garden has been a busy place this spring. While elementary students started seeds for their gardens inside the classroom, high school agriculture students prepared the outdoor raised beds and maintained the hoop house and greenhouse. In a partnership between The Highland Center and Virginia Cooperative Extension, students also learned about the science behind gardening with lessons on soil types, erosion, types of matter and experiments with cover crops. Seedlings have been planted and the school garden is now overflowing with greens, peas, carrots, beets and Brussels sprouts.
Opportunities for kids to learn about food production continue this summer with “Nutrition from the Garden,” a weekly enrichment program for 9-12 year-olds that will feature garden activities, field trips, and simple meal preparation from fresh ingredients. Participants will have the opportunity to earn a Junior Master Gardener certificate. The program, being led by Highland 4-H and The Highland Center, will take place each Tuesday, June 16 to August 14, from 12:30 – 2:00 p.m. at the Highland School Garden. Call the Highland Extension Office at for more information.