The Food Forest at Mae Richardson Elementary encourages discussion and exploration of our food system and a place for free play. The area is filled with ordinary items like stumps, pvc pipe and buckets that encourage creative play and the use of imagination.
The older children observe the plant life in different stages and guide the younger students through the food forest. It is a modified peer-led, team learning approach.
Our Aquaponics program, School of Fish, at Jewett Elementary, explores the radical practice of farming using the natural combination of aquaculture and hydroponics. This farming method uses nearly 90 percent less water than traditional farming and it illustrates the symbiotic relationship between the fish byproduct and the nutrient needs of the plant life.
Students incorperate math, science, writing, and so much more into this educational experience.