Granby Gators Take up Gardening


Granby Elementary School fifth graders learned about food production one seed at a time.
Students in both Ellen Himes’ and Julie Bennett’s classrooms collected donated materials and purchased additional items for the school’s new 28x14 foot L-shaped raised garden, adjacent to the back playground. Students planted both vegetable seeds and young adult vegetable plants, which they tend to every other day.
Himes said the Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) project was made possible thanks to a grant from Tractor Supply Co. and help from several local businesses. The Fulton City School District also donated the soil.
Students have studied farm work and victory gardens during World War 1 and World War II. They also learned about Native American farming, including the concept of a Three Sisters garden where corn, beans and squash are planted in the same mounds where they thrive together.
All fifth graders have been split up into small teams that take care of their own garden section. One student said he enjoys growing cucumbers at home, but at school he looks after the tomatoes.
Himes said since summer school will be hosted at Granby Elementary, she hopes some of those students will help water and weed the garden. The goal is to have items harvested throughout the summer and early fall so the soon-to-be sixth-graders may enjoy a salad or a meal together.


Granby Elementary School fifth graders stand proudly alongside
their new labor of love, a raised garden.