Excellence in Education: Prairie Hill Garden Grant

Posted By: Channel 8 Eyewitness News


It’s a little to late for planting season, but one school is already looking forward to expanding their school garden

"I like the carrots…Well, it’s my favorite vegetable," says Linus, a first grader.

Students at Prairie Hill Learning Center often work in the school garden. They help grow several vegetables, like peas, carrots, and lettuce. Now, with the help of a $1,000 dollar grant, they’ll be able to plant even more types of seeds next year.

Students often eat the food grown in the garden. Most importantly, the garden  serves as a learning tool for students.

"Our goal is to give them diversity in terms of there food. Not necessarily a production garden, it’s really a learning garden. So even though we don’t grow  enough to green beans to feed all 95 students that we have every day, we do grow enough that they can come out and see where the beans are grown, and can pick some," says Mandie Schadwinkel. 

The learning center has had a school garden for 35 years.

The grant came from the Farm Credit Services of America.