Jen School Garden and Farm Stand
Calling All Green Thumbs!
Looking for a fun way to celebrate Earth Day on April 22nd (or any day)? Plant a garden! Planting a garden is a fun, easy way to teach children where food comes from and the care that goes into it. Children are more likely to eat vegetables if they have cared for them. This year, our school garden opens up on April 23rd to ensure there will not be a frost. Students will be tilling the garden beds, adding organic fertilizer to some boxes, and planting seeds. Our garden beds will be bursting with vegetables like peas, green beans, lettuce varieties, eggplant, carrots, tomato varieties, and some pepper varieties. Since it is still cooler, plant cold weather crops such as peas, green beans, and lettuce in late April to early May. As always, we will have a great arrangement of herbs such as basil, cilantro, parsley, chives, mint, and horseradish. This is an especially exciting year with the addition of our permanent fence and new greenhouse. Our greenhouse will be completed by the end of June, so please come for a tour! Start your own garden today and stop by for tips and recipes each month. Happy Gardening!
Maryville Students Reap from What They Sow
Eileen O. Daday
From the traditional tomatoes, lettuce, peppers, beans and cucumbers, to herbs and summer fruits – including watermelon, cantaloupe and a strawberry patch – all of them were planted and tended by the students. The garden is part of a horticulture therapy program at Maryville’s Jen School, which opened three years ago and offers adolescent boys therapeutic and educational services in a residential setting.
The Dirt Newsletter – Vol. 1, Issue 5 (Year End Issue – recaps all the wonderful work associated with the garden throughout the year)
WBBM-AM’s Bernie Tafoya visited the Jen School in the summer of 2013. To listen to his report, click the arrow above.
Farm Stand Tended by Teens with Disabilities
ABC Channel 7’s Karen Meyer recently visited the Des Plaines Campus and the Jen School farm. To see video of that story, click here.
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