District 6 dedicates new garden project
Greeley-Evans School District 6 dedicated a new garden project called Growing Grounds at Bella Romero Academy K-3 Campus on Thursday, May 17, which will serve not only as a working garden but will provide educational opportunities for students.
Officials from the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Colorado Department of Education joined District 6 officials Thursday to view the first stage of the Growing Grounds project. Earlier in the day, Bella Romero students planted produce in the garden.
“We in Nutrition Services not only strive to ensure our students receive healthy meals every day, but we are looking for ways to expand educational opportunities that help students get hands-on experience growing and harvesting food, so they better understand the life cycle,” said District 6 Nutrition Services Director Danielle Bock.
This project is being funded through grants from the United Way of Weld County and The Colorado Health Foundation. The site includes raised garden beds for students to grow produce that will eventually be used in school meal programs. It will also provide educational opportunities and eventually employment for some District 6 students, while better connecting District 6 to the larger community.
The area also includes a greenhouse that will be installed with a hydroponic growing system that can be used nearly year-round. Eventually, the space with also includes a community garden, fruit tree orchard and Playscapes for District 6 families to utilize. District 6 Nutrition Services is looking to secure more grants to build out the project over the next few years.