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The Edible Schoolyard at the Weinstein JCC is a place where the whole center can go to learn, explore, eat and get dirty! We have 14 growing areas, including two raised beds with benches for easy sitting and gardening. Our gathering circle is made of boulders, and we gather there for class discussions and storytimes. Our greenhouse gives us the ability to get a head start on the seasons as well as a warm place to eat a snack and listen to the rain. It's the perfect place for a picnic and in-depth investigations.
We use the garden to produce food that the children eat during class lessons and in our snacks as well as donations to our on-site food pantry. We hold classes and volunteer days to involve the larger community, and we love seeing children showing their parents around the garden after they've been picked up from preschool or Kids' Place. Our Edible Schoolyard is a really special place, and we work very hard to care for it. We hope you'll come see for yourself how wonderful our garden space is!
As part of the weekly Kids’ Place activity schedule, we integrate gardening, harvesting and cooking activities into the regular classroom curriculum to support the development and education for a well-rounded child. Yielding seed-to-table learning, this outdoor and hands-on approach teaches kids the fundamentals of gardening, along with crucial life lessons about interdependence, caring for the environment and the value of hard work.
For more information about our facilities & outdoor classrooms, contact Garden Education Coordinator Amanda Montgomery at firstname.lastname@example.org.