Classroom In Bloom

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Mission Statement

Classroom in Bloom inspires children to grow healthy food and connect with nature. Our Mission is to connect children to sustainably grown food and the natural world to support the health of our people, place and planet.

Description

Classroom in Bloom is a non-profit organization established to enrich education through school gardening for K-12 students in the Methow Valley School District of Okanogan County, WA. The centerpiece of our effort is a 1-acre and growning student-led garden. Through this garden we create experiential, inquiry-based learning opportunities and teach ecosystem complexity and science education. We cultivate an understanding of sustainable food systems and foster a love of fresh and healthful foods. We know that children love to eat the food they grow, and we make this a reality for our students.
FOOD: We know that children love to eat the food they grow which nurtures an appreciation for healthy, nutritious and sustainably grown foods.
EDUCATION: We engage students in inquiry-based outdoor education to spark curiosity and wonder through all five senses and to inspire life-long learning.
ENVIRONMENT: Our garden is a living classroom where students observe, investigate and understand how all parts of nature are connected to each other.
COMMUNITY: We value the beauty, diversity and inspiration our farm provides for public engagement and connections to local farmers, families and our school community.

Program Details

Classroom in Bloom is a community garden, built to inspire children to live a healthy lifestyle, make healthy choices, and eat healthy food. Our Farm-to-Cafeteria program teaches about sustainable food systems that support our agricultural community, providing experiential, inquiry-based learning opportunities and a place-based sense of wonder.  Our school garden produces thousands of pounds of produce each year, donated to the schools’ cafeterias, weekly to students as healthy snacks, and to summer camp participants.

HIGHLIGHTS OF OUR PROGRAM

  • One-acre Student-Led Garden on Methow Valley District Campus
  • 3,000 Pounds of Harvested Annually for our Students
  • New Greenhouse and Production Farm
  • Elementary School Garden Curriculum
  • Co-Teaching High School Horticulture Class
  • Garden Programs Highlight Leadership, Science, Art, Mathematics, Foods and Nutrition Curriculum
  • Garden Club After School Program
  • Locals Lunch Partnership with MVSD
  • Harvest of the Month in School Cafeterias
  • Kids Summer Day Camps
  • High School Internships
  • High School Senior&10th Grade Project Mentorship
  • Composting All Cafeteria Waste
  • Worm and Compost Education
  • Culinary Cultural Cooking Lessons
  • Partner in Okanogan County School Garden Programs
Primary Issue
Food
Secondary Issue
Land
Address
PO Box 1264
Winthrop, WA 98862
United States
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