The Monroe Elementary School Garden will be attending the Monroe Farmers Market for the second year in a row. According to the Connecticut Department of Agriculture, Monroe Elementary is only the second school in the state to offer a "seed to sale" program. Headed by 4th Grade Teacher and Science Coach Chris Treat, the garden was planted and has been tended to by every child in the school for the last four years. The students and their families continue to care for the garden throughout the Summer months and the children are encouraged to make all sales and marketing decisions as they bring their harvest to market.
This experience allows the children for a robust year-round learning experience in mathematics, money concepts, botany, business acumen, and charitable acts (unsold harvest is donated to the Monroe Food Pantry). Parent volunteers have continued to advocate for school gardens throughout the town of Monroe for their physical and mental health benefits, as well as the educational opportunities that school gardens provide.
Students planted part of the garden (pictured above) as a surprise for Principle Deb Kovachi, who brought seeds back from a trip to Monet's Garden in Giverny, France.
For more information about the Monroe Elementary School Garden please contact parent volunteer Kelly Pietro at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Monroe Farmers' Market is open June–October and offers fresh, locally-grown produce, baked goods, prepared foods and hand-crafted specialty foods to Connecticut locals.