What started out as a simple idea from a few people eventually came to reality in the spring of '12. The garden started with 5 raised beds in the spring of 2012 for a total growing area of 160 square feet. That summer a split rail fence was added to provide definition to the space. In addition, compost bins were added near the garden and a school wide composting program was established involving the students and the staff.
Plans call for the available growing space to expand significantly with upwards of 25 raised beds. In order for this to occur we are in need of any donations that you could make towards a successful educational experience in the garden.
A Ribbon Cutting Ceremony was held in early October to commemorate the new Garden. Attendants such as Senator Kevin Kelly, Mayor Mark Lauretti, and Superintendent Freeman Burr congratulated the efforts of the school in providing this wonderful opportunity for our students.
Over the past two growing seasons the garden has dramatically increased it's production. All 12 raised beds are producing from mid-March through early December. The '14 season saw the first "field" grown vegetables. We were able to grow corn, pumpkins, and gourds. The Hoop House was also more extensively utilized to produce those hot season crops we all love.
L to R. Senator Kevin Kelly, Superintendent Freeman Burr, Shelton Mayor Mark Lauretti, SIS Headmaster Ken Saranich, and Science Teacher Eric Wolf cut the ribbon officially recognizing the SIS Community Garden