125 South Old Glebe Road
Arlington, VA 22204
703-228-5900
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Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Jefferson Garden

Welcome to the Jefferson Garden!
  

Jefferson Garden Kick-off April 25th a Great Success!!  THANK YOU to everyone – students, families, and community members – who came out to help weed, plant, harvest, and paint! It was a chilly start, but the garden is looking great (see details below).

 
JOIN US Saturday, May 16th from 10a-12p to help out in the garden! (see details under Garden Hours below).
 
 
A portion of our produce goes to
the Arlington Food Assistance Center (AFAC):
**Over 1,500 pounds of fresh vegetables and fruit donated**

WHAT'S GOING ON IN THE GARDEN?
We continue to weed, mulch and plant for:
  • Our student Lawns2Lettuce4Lunch in June.
  • Our teachers to use the garden as an outdoor learning space – victory garden, butterfly/pollinator garden, and outdoor classroom to examine environmental relationships.
  • Summer donations to AFAC.
Stop by and check out:
  • 8 raised beds planted with lettuces and spinach for our Lawns2Lettuce4Lunch in June.
  • 6 handpainted signposts that highlight the many countries (including one Native American tribe) represented in Jefferson’s diverse population of learners. 
  • the new butterfly/pollinator garden established by our 6th grade Monarchs.
  • the Victory Garden established by our Life Skills classes.

There is LOTS of great learning going on in the Jefferson Garden!

 
GARDEN HOURS - STUDENTS EARN COMMUNITY AND SERVICE HOURS! 
Did you know students earn community and service hours when working IN or FOR the garden??  We'll be posting regular In the Garden hours here April-October! We also want to meet with students interested in learning the Business of Running a Garden - they can be grant writers, social media specialists, schedulers and learn the skills by partnering with professionals in our community! Have fun, learn a business skill, AND make a difference!
  • Business of Running a Garden:  Wednesday, May 6 - 2:30-4p (students should meet in the lobby)
  • In the Garden:  Friday, May 8 - 2:30-4p
  • In the Garden:  Saturday, May 9 - 10a-12p
  • In the Garden:  Friday, May 15 - 2:30-4p
  • In the Garden:  Saturday, May 16 - 10a-12p
  • In the Garden:  Friday, May 22 - 2:30-4p
Would you like the garden to grow a certain vegetable or fruit you want to use at home? Have ideas or want to get involved? We want to hear from you! Contact, Marney Michalowski, PTA Garden Committee Chair, mdhmich@gmail.com.
 
 
SUCCESSFUL JEFFERSON GARDEN KICK-OFF! 
THANK YOU to everyone – students, families, and community members – who came out to help weed, plant, harvest, and paint! It was a chilly start, but the garden is looking great (see details below). We now have:
  • 8 raised beds planted with lettuces and spinach for our Lawns2Lettuce4Lunch in June.
  • 6 handpainted signposts that highlight the many countries (including one Native American tribe) represented in Jefferson's diverse population of learners.
  • 2 pounds of collard greens to AFAC.
A special THANK YOU to:
  • Audrey Morris, volunteer with the Arlington Food Assistance Center (AFAC), who spoke about the importance of our fresh Jefferson Garden produce donations - they help feed over 2,200 families each week! 
  • Polly and Eliza Hall for conducting the survey regarding which garden master design enhancements should be made a reality by the PTA (students, faculty, and staff will soon have another opportunity to vote!)
  • Mr. Love and his students for providing the signposts and country signs and Ms. Emily Shepardson for the paint.
  • Our French exchange students and host families who came out to help.
  • APS board member Abby Raphael for coming to tour the garden.
Also, a belated THANK YOU to Cristina Zarate-Byers and Girl Scout Troop 3240 for painting the garden's shed Jefferson colors!

Check out the photos on the Jefferson Garden Facebook page. 


JEFFERSON GARDEN IN THE PRESS!
Check us out!
You can also follow the garden on Facebook - LIKE us!

GARDEN DESIGN IS HERE!
Nancy Striniste designed a beautiful and vibrant plan inspired from input by our students, faculty, staff and community. This big-picture, long-term vision features outdoor classrooms, picnic tables, oven, international gardens, amphitheater, fruit trees, pond, rainwater harvesting/exchange systems, accessible raised beds, earth loom, high tunnel, enchanting entrances...lots of potential for enhancing student learning and activity, extending our growing season and fostering community in our garden.  The plan is on display in the sitting area of the office.  Check it out here, too! You can also view Nancy's presentation, including photos that bring the design elements alive!  Stay tuned to provide input on which features you would like to see built in the short-term, mid-term and long-term...and if you would like to help make it happen, contact Marney Michalowski, PTA Garden Committee Chair, mdhmich@gmail.com
 
There is SO much potential to enhance and feed our young people and our community physically, academically, socially and emotionally - be a part of it! Read more...and more.
 
SURVEY COMING SOON! Look for a survey in May 2015 on what new feature(s) from our master plan students, staff and families would like the PTA to focus on building in the garden!
 

THANK YOU JEFFERSON PTA GARDEN COMMITTEE!!
Patty/John Adair, Kassahun Benti, Meryl Corshen, Julie Dickson, Susan DuBois, Laura Estrada, Jill Flack, Grainne Humphries, Margaret McGilvray/Dan Redmond, Suzanne Mendez, Marney/Mark Michalowski, Betsy/Greg Morse, Susan Nguyen, Betsy Robinson, Susan Schlimme, Jennifer Schoen, Nakeesha Seneb, Susan Spranger, Cemma Tatem, Liz Tefera, Shahira Tewfik, Patricia VandeMeulebroecke, Cristina Zarate-Byers/Bob Byers, Mariia Zimmerman
 
If you would like to help make a difference IN and OUT of the garden (many types of opportunities to help!), please join us! 
 
Contact Marney Michalowski, PTA Garden Committee Chair, mdhmich@gmail.com. For more information about the PTA Garden Committee check out the link at the top of this page (upper left).

CONTACT US
Marney Michalowski, PTA Garden Committee Chair - mdhmich@gmail.com
John Adair, Chief Gardener - tjms.garden@gmail.com
 
 
Check out lots of garden photos and news on Facebook - LIKE us!
Last Modified on May 15, 2015