The gardens at Waggoner Elementary and Rominger Schools have become outdoor classrooms thanks to grants provided by Winters Farm to School. The kids are learning how to grow their own food and are loving the experience. With help from UC Davis Student Farm and the Yolo Master Gardeners, the kids have learned about planting, irrigation techniques, composting and harvesting.
Also lending a hand in landscaping our gardens, Hedgerow Farms donated California native grasses and Putah Creek Council donated drought-tolerant native perennials, all of which add a touch of interest and beauty to the gardens. This year Terra Firma Farms donated red and green cabbage transplants which will be harvested for use in our school lunch program.
In 2017, we were fortunate to have the help of two high school seniors who used the Rominger Gardens as the focus of their Senior Projects. They produced an abundant crop of cilantro, lettuce, beets and carrots. This year we have another Winters High School student who will focus her Senior Capstone Project on teaching agricultural practices to students. Her primary focus will be the Rominger School Garden where she will teach the children about planting, tending and harvesting a crop of cauliflower, as well as leading a workshop on drip irrigation installation in the spring.
It truly does take a village to keep our gardens green and growing. This school year students, teachers, volunteers and our After School Programs are all working together to keep our gardens inviting and flourishing.