BEST ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION AWARD
Hoboken Dual Language School, Hoboken
Hoboken Dual Language School (HoLa) started its gardening program five years ago in Hoboken, New Jersey. In the first two years of the school garden (2010/2011 and 2011/2012), it was used as an instructional vegetable, herb and flower garden for all students in the school – one class per week for every grade. It started primarily as an after school enrichment program. After the garden was destroyed by Hurricane Sandy, little by little it has come back to life financed in part by a Seeds of Change grant. With the hiring of Denise Barth two years ago, the garden program has expanded to include a Recess Garden Club, a Kindergarten Literature and Gardening class and a Second grade 3 Sisters garden. Now it is more connected to the academic curriculum than ever. All students once again have the chance to participate in gardening every week in the spring and fall, and are able to harvest and sample what they grow.
One of the favorite activities of the students is working in the compost area. We read stories about compost, collect and add garden waste to the compost bin, turn the compost and add compost to our garden beds We also collect food waste from the cafeteria. Our vision for what’s next includes all of this plus after school enrichment classes.