Bellevue Edible Learning Laboratory

Program Type: Garden Classrooms, Academic Classrooms
Grade/Age: Middle School, Adults/Professionals
Number Served: 500-1,000

The BELL Garden exists to cultivate, guide, and encourage shared community values of healthy living and lifelong learning.
The BELL Garden supports this mission by providing practical learning opportunities for residents of the community in a setting that promotes physical activity, healthy eating, environmental stewardship, and multi-cultural connections for all generations.

Current initiatives include classroom interaction & hands on lessons in the garden, community events, garden workdays, an after school garden program, and produce tastings.Bell Garden is committed to sharing our harvest with the entire community, including those in need.

Set on an acre at the Bellevue Middle School in Nashville, TN - we are in our third year of a public-private partnership to establish a robust Certified Naturally Grown garden, orchard,outdoor classroom with fruits, veggies and chickens. Having rallied the forces for building a lot of the infrastructure, we are now in the phase of building continuity, leadership, governance and community buy-in.

Our weekend warrior and after-school programs have had the highest success rate with the least amount of effort. Our school-day activities are still sporadic and challenging. We have a large and diverse steering committee and great capacity for fun, education, community involvement and mutual growth.

This will be a year of establishing our identity, settling into an annual calendar and building traditions and new gateways for people to enter the garden and grow together.

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Alison Duncan

Sean and Carole Siple

Since 2004, Sean and Carole have been mobilizing people and community assets in the Nashville area toward a more healthy local food...

Last updated March 1, 2012