Written by Luci Hancock, BRWIA AmeriCorps VISTA
Two Rivers was recently awarded a HCLF and Lettuce Learn grant, which garden coordinators will use to purchase storage bins and supplies to create borders for the school's garden beds. The intended outcome is to make the garden an even more inviting, organized, and engaging place for students to learn.
The school garden currently has 5 garden rows, a pollinator garden, a composting system, a miniature hoop house and a small cold frame. Classes schedule times to visit the garden throughout the school year.
The garden has also provided a valuable space for adults to learn about gardening, from volunteers who assist with weeding and other garden tasks to parents. The assistant garden coordinator Hannah had this to say about how the Two Rivers garden has affected her:
"This is my first real hands-on experience managing a garden plot and I have grown as much as our plants have. It's been tough but I am grateful for the support I have received from our community. I love this little garden and all it stands for."
High Country Local First
For every Local First Rewards Card sold, High Country Local First donates $5 to support local school garden programs in Watauga and Ashe Counties. This grant cycle, Lettuce Learn and HCLF awarded three schools with grants to build or expand upon their garden-based educational programming.
This spring Two Rivers students worked to create a flourishing home to welcome more pollinator species into our garden. Thanks to Captain Planet we were able to add lots of new pollinators plants to our garden and learn about the important role pollinators play in our ecosystem.
Recently Two Rivers garden has been hard at work with their summer garden!
Two Rivers participated in a seedling sale where they pre-sold a "Garden in a Tray". Thanks to generous supporters and donors, Two Rivers garden was able to raise over $650.
Two Rivers received the Farm Bureau's "Agriculture in the Classroom" grant this year. This grant has allowed Two Rivers to focus on teaching kids about season extension techniques such as starting seeds indoors, or the construction of cold frames and low tunnels.
Two Rivers will also be one of the stops on the High Country Farm Tour on July 16th! Be sure to stop by for a tour and to say hi! To read more about the farm tour or to see what other gardens and farms are on the tour click here.
Finally, Two Rivers, like many other community and school gardens have their least amount of volunteer help during the summer months. Therefore, the school is hoping that your family will be able to help! To sign up to help water, weed, or harvest the garden for any amount of time this summer, click the button below.
Blue Ridge Women in Agriculture Office
Lower Level 171 Grand Blvd
PO Box 67
Boone, NC 28608