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David Ellis Elementary School in Roxbury welcomes new garden

Posted by Patrick Rosso  September 16, 2013 05:28 PM

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(Image courtesy CitySprouts)


From left to right: Bill Kane, CitySprouts board member; Jacobs-Tolbert, principal of the Ellis; Jane Hirschi, executive director of CitySprouts; Terry Hayes, Siena Construction; and James Arena-DeRosa, USDA Food & Nutrition Services.


The David Ellis Elementary School in Roxbury recently celebrated the completion of its new learning garden.

The garden, which is handicapped accessible, will provide a home for a number of vegetable varieties in addition to outdoor classroom space for the school’s 396 students.

Funded by CitySprouts, a Cambridge-based nonprofit, the organization will partner with the school over the next three years to aid in the development of curriculum and help staff the garden.

Although much of the focus will be on the plants, organizers said that gardens can be used to teach and reinforce a variety of subjects and skills learned in the classroom including biology, group work, and math.

“The evidence is clear that garden-based learning in schools helps our children learn. When school gardens are also edible gardens, the impact extends to good health as well,” Mayor Thomas M. Menino said at the garden's opening last week.

The space is the fourth garden the organization has brought to a BPS school, with gardens also at the Orchard Gardens K-8 School, the Dearborn Middle School, and the Mather Elementary School.

To read more about efforts to bring the garden to the Ellis, click here.

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