This information comes from Principal Dan Bieser at Park High School. We’re very excited to see this project take shape and can’t wait to get involved. Please read on for more about this Community Garden here in Racine and how to contribute to this worthy cause.
“Our project involves the creation of a holistic vegetable garden on
property adjacent to Washington Park High School. The property
includes five fenced in and abandoned tennis courts that the City of
Racine Parks and Recreation Department has unanimously approved for ouruse. The courts will be converted into a series of raised bed vegetable and fruit gardens. The food harvested from the garden by students will be distributed as food stuffs to poor students and community members. Students will assist with the planning and design, recruitment of volunteers, fundraising, construction, planting and maintenance of the garden.
Last week we broke ground on our garden with the laying of wood chips on the surface of one of the tennis courts. We hope to have our first load of soil delivered this week and the garden rows will begin to take shape. Planting should start in a few weeks when there is no fear of frost.
The objectives of the project are to increase access and decrease cost
for healthy foods available to Washington Park High School students and community members. The 2200 students, 200 faculty and staff, and local low-income community members will benefit from the project. The garden will be a hands on learning laboratory for students to practice and enhance their skills in math (Square Foot Gardening), business (selling and marketing vegetables), and horticulture/science (learning sustainable agriculture, health and ecology). The objective of self sustainability will be achieved through the direct sale of produce using food shares. Funds may also be generated through the sale of vermiculture compost, zucchini and other quick breads, and pasta / salsa sauces by our school cooking classes. Our final objective will be to build community through partnerships that we have developed with Master Gardeners of Racine, City of Racine Parks and Recreation,Eat Right Racine, a parent organization, (www.angrymoms.org ), and Knapp Elementary which has 10 teachers and many students interested in our project.
Our project is unique due to its urban setting in the heart of Racine, the involvement of low income and 400 special education students, the minimal investment and great potential to impact the health and education of thousands of people, and the unique use of vermiculture gardening and composting to heat the hoop houses and extend the growing
season year round.
We are most in need of TOP SOIL, Plants, seeds, garden tools and cash donations. Dan Bieser may be contacted at Park High School for further information and to donate, please call 262-619-4405.”