In Country Day’s Farm-to-Fork Garden, located behind the gym, students practice responsible caretaking, learn about food production cycles and the benefits of organic farming, and broaden their awareness of the issues of food insecurity and environmental stewardship.
The garden serves as a place for students to:
- Grow, prepare and consume fresh fruits and vegetables, both familiar and new.
- Learn about food cultivation, soil development, the plant life cycle, and nutrition.
- Nurture native plants to attract native insects, understand California flora, and create an appealing and water-wise landscape.
- Relate garden activities to concepts learned in science, math, social studies, visual arts, and language arts.
- Take action to serve the community and learn about regional hunger and environmental issues by growing fresh fruits and vegetables to donate to the River City Food Bank.
The garden has many distinct areas:
- Student vegetable garden
- Food bank garden
- Strawberry patch
- Pumpkin patch
- “Three Sisters” garden
- Native plant habitat
- Fruit trees
- Composting area
Lower School students grow food in classroom rows. They also use the garden as an outdoor classroom for applying concepts learned in academic classes.
Middle School students are the primary workforce in maintaining the many parts of the garden.
High School students maintain the River City Food Bank garden, which grows 300-500 pounds of fresh produce to be donated to the River City Food Bank each year.