Submitted by Lindsey Buchleitner
In the fall of 2018, the third-grade students of the Jacobs School harvested 55 pounds of organically grown potatoes from their own school garden. Those potatoes were cooked in the cafeteria and served to the students at lunch, along with garlic bread made with their very own, school-grown garlic.
For many years, the Jacobs School Garden has been one of the most successful and prolific school gardens in the area, and we are very proud of our student-gardeners and our parent-run garden program.
“Without a gardener, there is no garden,” according to the old saying. COVID-19 kept the Jacobs School students out of the garden in the spring of 2020 and the following school year, too. Without student and parent activity in the garden during this time, the wood-framed garden beds, already aging and in need of replacement, fell into disrepair and the beds became overgrown. But after every brutal winter eventually comes spring and then. …
This summer, through the efforts of many (the Jacobs School Garden volunteers, together with the Hull PTO and grant money from Whole Foods Market), the school garden beds were rebuilt and revitalized. Brand-new lumber was fashioned into new garden bed frames; the grass was dug up to accommodate a new improved garden layout; and new loam and compost were added to the beds. Jacobs School Garden 2.0 is ready and waiting for the return of the student gardeners this fall.
It takes many people to make this program work. Thanks to all the hard-working volunteers who showed up this past weekend to dig, haul, rake, and build: the Yakubian family; Liz Gunderson; Jess Mulder and Miles Casas; Jessica and Harrison Jones; Renee, Ella, and Grace Kiley; Devon English; Carolyn Reynolds; Chris Lofgren; and the Buchleitner family.
Thanks to Renee Kiley for pulling together the grant application to Whole Foods Market, with the help of many others in the Hull PTO. And, of course and as always, big thanks to the Hull PTO for all you do for the students and schools of Hull.
Let’s also thank Christine Cappadona and Kyle Shaw at the Jacobs School for their continued enthusiasm for the Jacobs School Garden as well as the teachers and staff who, year after year, make this true farm-to-table learning experience a reality for the students. And, finally, thanks to Jon Belber and Holly Hill Farm for their excellent school garden educational programming.
A school garden, like this one, gives students a unique, hands-on educational experience where they can put into practice valuable life-science and math lessons, develop important problem-solving skills, and increase awareness of their local environment, wildlife, and weather patterns.
For more information about the Jacobs School Garden and/or volunteering, please call or text 617-827-5288 or reach out to the Hull PTO.