Hilltop Montessori School's "Deep Roots Gardening Program" is led by Executive Director, Michele Scott Wilensky and Cindi Stehr, the school's founder and board member. Children at Hilltop Montessori participate in farming, food preparation and a nutrition curriculum, emphasizing healthy choices for eating and the benefits of the seed to plate relationship.
Hilltop Montessori is located on six acres of land in The Town of Mt Laurel, in North Shelby County, Alabama (Birmingham). The school also boasts native plant trails, working beehives and a beautiful wooded atmosphere that is also certified with the Wildlife Federation. Hilltop Montessori School is accredited by AdvancED/SACS and SAIS and serves a variety of students, ranging in ages from eighteen months through eighth grade. All of the students in the school participate in the deep roots gardening program.
The school is also fortunate enough to have the support of local chefs, including Chris Hastings of Hot N Hot Fish Club and other master gardeners, landscape architects and leaders of the Birmingham community. In 2011, the school expanded to include Phase Two, extending their early childhood wing. Future plans for expansion include a full teaching kitchen that would allow the students more room to prepare their own snacks and lunches.
Current opportunities to sponsor the "Deep Roots" community garden at the school are available. Contact Michele Wilensky at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.