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 broccoli transplants which have been 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. In 2018 another Winters High School student focused her Senior Capstone Project on teaching agricultural practices to students. Her primary focus was the Rominger School Garden where she taught 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, a solid team of volunteers and our After School Programs are all working together to keep our gardens inviting and flourishing.