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GlenvarGrow Greens Glenvar Middle School Presentation by Paige Stinson Edited by Ann Fajardo
Overall Goal: To provide an opportunity for students to become capable of enriching their own lives and contributing to their community and nation through their construction and gardening skills, food production and preparation, and individual gain in health consciousness.
Students in Ann Fajardo’s and Mark Rohrback’s 2nd period “Green Math” class
Students in Beth Sellers’ 6th grade science classes
Juliette Myers, principal, Glenvar Middle School
Jim Bradshaw, assistant principal, Glenvar Middle School
Brian Weeks, Construction Manager, Roanoke County Public Schools
Our “Green Mentors” (Members of the Southwest Virginia chapter of the U.S. Green Building Council):
Patrick Donohoe, Architect/Engineer, Virginia Tech Brenda Landes, architect, CR Architecture + Design Barry Martin, Owner Green Home Energy Audits of Virginia Suzanne Nicewonder, Engineer, Precision Engineering, PC Consultant: Sherri Dorn, extension agent
Plan of Action1. Build Cold Frames Students help design and build cold frames to cover two of the existing raised beds. This will allow us to plant earlier and harvest later. (Completed March 2011)
Install shelving and wheelchair-accesible raised garden within the hoophouse to be completed by May 2011
Our Project is Sustainable! Hoop house greenhouse construction is low-cost Cold-house succession planting of cold-tolerant vegetables requires no supplemental heat Raised-bed square-foot-gardening technique saves space, maximizes student involvement, reduces watering needs, and maximizes yield Self-sustaining in the school setting as a means of teaching multi-disciplinary academic skills through practical application Sustains the development of civic capability, enabling students to connect what they learn to how they live Sustains opportunities for individual personal growth through higher-level thinking skills, cooperative learning, and problem solving with other students