Campus – Garden Environment

Garden Environment (late spring-early fall) In both of our classrooms seedlings are started in the Spring. In the summer, we begin to plant seeds and seedlings in our large fenced garden. According to their interest and ability, the children assist in weeding, observing, and harvesting the plants. The garden is irrigated by tubing, and arranged in rows. A greenhouse sits by the front gate where peppers and tomatoes (mostly) are grown. There is also a gazebo area, netted and provided with benches. The gazebo area is used to read books, sing songs, sort the harvest, and store the garden gloves and tools for the children and teachers. Produce from the garden is washed and prepared by the children (age appropriate-no sharp knives involved) and then served at snack time. If a child stays at River Mist through four seasons, they understand the cycle of the seasons, the cycle of plants, the production cycle of food from seed to table and we hope they develop a connection, understanding, and appreciation for the natural world in this process. The Garden Environment is a much beloved area by both the teachers and children at River Mist.