School Garden News – Wisconsin

Garden of Earthly Delights at Midvale

About 80 kindergarten through second-grade students at Midvale used pint-sized shovels Monday to help finish a tree-planting project begun during the weekend. It’s part of a brand-new community orchard at their school, the final step in developing a garden for the community at the west side school.

“The last part of the landscape plan for the garden called for an edible border, so I checked out what might be available on the Internet,” said Nancy Gutknecht, one of the organizers of the community garden at Midvale.

She learned that a California-based nonprofit organization called the Fruit Tree Planting Foundation provides grants for planting orchards all over the world where there is a need.
Those orchards provide fresh fruit as part of a healthy diet and lessons in environmental sustainability.

“I sent the foundation an e-mail, and they were interested in our school project. It seemed too good to be true, but it’s gone so smoothly,” Gutknecht said.

Read more about The Fruit Tree Planting Foundation

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