This project was for Buckman School in Southeast Portland, Oregon. Their after-school program and Project Feed served children of single parents who had to work later than their kids got out of school. There was a need for food plants and a functional education garden that could demonstrate to potential donors how valuable the programs were for lower-income families.
The children were eager to get their hands in the dirt and learn about the food plants we selected for their Native and Sunrise Gardens.
The Sunrise Garden offered students a structured learning environment outdoors. The materials came from on-campus, and flowering plants offered a variety of textures, scents, and colors for children to interact with. Beneficial insects attracted to the plantings in the garden allowed kids to observe them.
Results of the plans we did to create the school's Native Plant Garden included winding paths on a slope, edible native plants for shade, and small placards to help the children learn the names of the plants.
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