“These build days are an opportunity for people to work together to physically build our community,” said Lindsay Turner, DCGP executive director. “We’re asking for volunteers to invest in education by lending their time to help set up spaces where our students can grow and learn for years to come.”
This year’s new gardens are generously supported by Tuscaloosa City Schools and Tuscaloosa County Schools and are sponsored in part by Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Alabama, Wells Fargo, Tracey Sova State Farm Agency, Bryant Bank, Ward Scott Architects, and Bank of Tuscaloosa, along with the hundreds of individuals who give to DCGP.
"We are thrilled to be able to bring three more gardens to local schools,” Turner said. “We owe our program expansion to the support and generosity of our sponsors and volunteers.”
Construction tasks for the build days include adding soil and mulch to the raised beds, erecting compost bins and signs, and preparing beds for the students’ first lesson in the garden. Volunteers are invited to come as they are for build days – no prior sign-up is needed.
DCGP's program Gardens to Schools is a garden-based education curriculum that teaches students about science, math, entrepreneurship and a healthy eating lifestyle in a hands-on, experimental learning environment.
DCGP currently operates seven Gardens 2 Schools locations in Tuscaloosa City Schools – Oakdale Elementary, Central Elementary, Tuscaloosa Magnet School - Elementary, Woodland Forrest Elementary, University Place Elementary, Verner Elementary, The Alberta School of Performing Arts – and three in the Tuscaloosa County School System: Flatwoods Elementary, Faucett-Vestavia Elementary, and Crestmont Elementary.
For more information on DCGP’s Gardens 2 Schools program and program results, click here.