Campus Garden - Part III: J-Term
Original write up provided by Terry Gregory, edited and published by Emily Bean. This is the third part featuring the campus garden at Fremont Christian School.
January Term, or J-Term, is specialized two-week session in between the first and second semesters for our high school students. They take a morning and an afternoon class on subjects that offer an opportunity to explore beyond the typical college prep curriculum.
Part of the garden design concept involved my J-term class.
It is called "Bringing Back the Natives." A healthy garden needs a lot of natural pollinators (bees, butterflies and hummingbirds), so we removed sections of existing ornamental plants and shrubs that surrounded the Y-Building to allow for planting native California plants that naturally attract the needed pollinators.
My J-Term students helped to design the new areas and installed the drip irrigation system in January 2015. In both January 2016 and 2017, we continued to plant natives at the Y-Building and at the end of the second grade portable classrooms. I am happy to report that the pollinators have faithfully returned to our school garden site, as we saw many of them this fall.
My next J-Term class (2018) will continue this project, but we also begin to focus on using the greenhouse for seed starting and raising our own native plants and vegetable starts with the hope that we will one day become self-sufficient and supply our own mini plant nursery on campus, rather than purchase our plants from garden centers.
J-Term will begin once we're back from Christmas break!
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