Using 55 gallon plastic barrels, we constructed a rain water collection apparatus. This concept has been used in some of our lessons to explain the value of water and the importance of gathering it through natural systems. The rain barrels are currently being used at Mabel Elementary School, but we plan to install a gutter on the greenhouse so that the rain barrels may be used at Parkway School in the future.
Our plants are not the only living thing within our garden. We also have a worm bin composed of red wigglers, which were provided by Blue Ridge Organic. Our worm bin has been a great teaching tool for our students, as multiple lessons have been taught on the importance of decomposers and organic material in a successful garden. The students love to feed and “play” with our pet worms.