Winter Seed Sowing

BY Shannon Bertrand

Nauset Middle School

Project Description
We are fortunate to have an all-weather interdisciplinary Greenhouse Learning Lab on our school property. One aspect of our programming involves teaching an elective exploratory class for 200 6th graders. Our exploratory class includes learning about the parts of plants and what they do and also how to plant, care for and harvest herbs and vegetables grown by students in the greenhouse. As an extension, we would like to build raised beds for an area adjoining the greenhouse so that we can experiment with cold weather crops and winter sowing. Additionally, we could begin a summer program for students to continue with their gardening experience.

How will the project be evaluated (e.g. how will you gauge its success)
The evaluation of this project will be assessed by the students participation in the spring, summer and fall.

Benefit to the students and the school
The success of this endeavor will allow us to eat a variety of winter sown vegetables that will be incorporated into our Breakfast Cafe program as well as our cafeteria lunches. Currently our greenhouse grown pea shoots are in the lunches at all 7 Nauset School cafeterias and we aim to expand that!

Timeline of Project (when will you do the project, if applicable)
All four seasons