Bristol Middle-Senior High School is in its 5th year of gardening. Initially, the program began by re-purposing unused classrooms into greenhouses and building vertical hydroponic systems. The unused courtyard was converted into a fully functional school and community garden which includes raised beds, containers, green walls, vertical structures, and a hydroponics system. In 2017, students assembled an outdoor greenhouse when the unused classrooms were renovated for instructional purposes. The produce from our garden is shared with the families of students, staff and the local food bank during periods of excess harvest. During our after school and summer camp garden program, students engage in cooking projects to prepare and eat produce from the garden.
The project has received multiple grants; most recently being awarded an additional 3K grant from Lowe’s Toolbox for Education which will be used to beautify the walkways and common areas of the garden to make it a more inviting space for family and community garden events. Our program is a learning experience for students, offers healthy, organically grown vegetables to their families and neighbors, and builds connections between our school and community.