Thank you for visiting and welcome to the B. J. H. S. Garden of Eatin’ website!
Our garden began to take shape during the 2011-2012 school year. With the visionary guidance of Sharon Kloss, a math teacher and math strategist, it has been an amazing journey! Dedicated students on our “Go Green Team,” teachers on our Wellness Committee, supportive staff and a number of committed parent volunteers all helped to make this vision a reality. We were also very grateful to have had donations of loam, compost, seed starting materials, and mulch from local business and organizations and to have received grants written by staff to help fund the endeavor.
We are amazed at the results! Our very first harvest in the summer and fall of 2012 was a smashing success! We donated extra produce to the Midcoast Hunger Prevention Program, the Tedford Shelter and a local assisted living community. In the fall we used some of the harvest in our Healthy Snack Cart, in Health Classes and we were able to add to the offerings for our school lunches. We also held our First Annual Harvest Night and a number of students helped put the garden to bed during our first Activity Day in October.
Here are some of the vegetables, fruits and herbs we are planting for the 2012-2013 season.
PANSIES – VIOLA MAJESTIC GIANTS NASTURTIUM – JEWEL MIX
SUNFLOWERS – AUTUMN BEAUTY MARIGOLDS – LEMON GEM SIGNET
BELL PEPPERS – ACE and SWEET CHOCOLATE ONIONS – RED ZEPPELINS
STEVIA – (A NATURAL SUGAR SUBSTITUTE) SQUASH – YELLOW
YELLOW PEPPERS – (LUNCHBOX SNACK) BROCCOLI – FIESTA (OG)
CUCUMBERS – MARKETMORE 76 CUCUMBERS – NATIONAL PICKLING
SWEET BASIL (OG) DILL – BOUGUEST (OG)
GREENS MIX (OG) KALE – RED RUSSIAN
POTATOES – RUSSETT RADISHES – EASTER EGG
GREEN BEANS – PROVIDER SCARLET RUNNER BEANS
PARSLEY – ITALIAN CARROTS – DAVERS AND YELLOW
SWISS CHARD – BRIGHT LIGHTS BUTTERNUT SQUASH – WALTHAM
RHUBARB STRAWBERRIES – SEASCAPE
BLUEBERRIES – JERSEY, PATRIOT AND NORTHLAND
LETTUCE – PRIZEHEAD RED LEAF, RED SAILS (OG), BLACK SEEDED SIMPSON (OG)
TOMATOES – BRANDYWINE, CHERRY GARDENER’S DELIGHT and FARGO YELLOW PEAR (OG)
Our garden also has an herb garden, built and designed by a former 8th grade student. Our perennial
herbs are sage, oregano, thyme and chives.
New for 2012-2013 are BLUEBERRIES (purchased by an anonymous donor) AND STRAWBERRIES
in our back garden!
Check out the various links on our website and view the photos for the “makeover’ of our front portico area. It has definitely given B. J.H. S. a facelift, improved our sustainability quotient… and there is more to come!
Our seeds are being planted in mid-March, and should be ready for sale by mid-April. See the B.J.H.S, newsletter for updates, and we will post a note on this site!