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From a panel discussion, "Growing Curriculum: Creating School Gardens," held as part of the 2014 THV institute, "Farms & Food: Teaching the Hudson Valley from the Ground Up." More information at www.TeachingtheHudsonValley.
Karla Purcell is a fourth grade teacher. During her tenure at JFK she also has taught grades one and two and a hands-on science lab program for grades 1-5. Teaching the science lab got Karla involved in the garden with a small lunchtime club. Over the past several years the JFK garden space has evolved into a complex of four raised beds and a greenhouse that is the foundation for an after school program encompassing gardening, nutrition, science, food citizenship, literacy, and technology. In addition, students donate hundreds of pounds of produce to local not-for-profits. describes creation and maintenance of a school garden.