OTHER GARDEN HIGHLIGHTS INCLUDE:
- The “Monk’s Garden” features flowers and herbs grown in ancient medieval monasteries.
- A stone and gravel labyrinth was created in 2012 and continues to be a place of prayer.
- The greenhouse allows us to grow our hundreds of tomato plants!
- We grow other plants, such as green beans, potatoes, kale, and fruit trees. We strive for variety!
- We eat and cook what we grow, encouraging healthy eating through kale chips, beet brownies, zucchini bread, and lettuce wraps!
- A California native garden connects us with our local history and climate and is part of our Eco-School and National Parks programs. We save the seeds from our native plants to grow new ones that help the National Parks to reforest damaged areas.
- Our students learn the value of hard work, and they also get the chance to rest and read under a shade tree in the garden.
- We are in conversation with California Lutheran University and their garden program. A row of Ascension Lutheran School tomatoes is being grown in the CLU garden.
Our garden program is led by volunteer parents and grandparents, both beginners and those with horticulture degrees or a lifetime of experience. If you would like to learn more about the garden or become a “garden helper,” contact one of our Garden Committee Co-Chairs, Tiffany Napierala at email@example.com or Chamie Delkeskamp firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you are looking for garden resources, here are some links to books and websites that we have used as part of our own continued learning at Ascension Lutheran School:
Last Child in the Woods
This book, by Richard Louv, has been influential in the creation of our
preschool and day school gardens and outdoor classroom spaces. Louv argues
that too many children (and adults, too) are suffering from what he calls “nature
God, Faith, and Gardening
Watch the 12-minute Ted Talk by Fred Bahnson on faith-based communities becoming more fully alive through gardening, and/or read his book, Soil & Sacrament.
To Garden with God by Christine Sine
Pat Welsh’s book Southern California Organic Gardening gives a month-by-month guide to all your gardening questions.
Peaceful Valley has a plethora of short how-to videos on growing everything from tomatoes to beans to vines… as well as how to water, prepare soil, harvest, can and make cheese.
Gardening and U.S. History
Our 8th graders study U.S. History and take an annual trip to Washington, D.C. One of the sites they visit is Mt. Vernon where they stroll the gardens of George Washington. They learn how our founding fathers were gardeners. Learn more by reading Founder Gardeners by Andrea Wulf.