The Edible School Yard of Berat- The Castle Garden

Program Type: 
Garden Classrooms, Kitchen Classrooms
Grade Level/Age Group: 
Lower Elementary, Upper Elementary, Middle School, High School
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About the Program: 

Mission Statement : The Castle Garden will be a living interactive classroom where students from “22 Tetori” 9 Vejçare will learn all aspects of growing, harvesting and eating fresh produce to improve their health and increase their appreciation for the agricultural traditions of the Region and Municipality of Berat.

The school where The Castle Garden resides, “22- Tetori” 9-Year School is an academically oriented primary school with an emphasis on science, math and language. The school is also community center providing afterschool and summer programs to the community at large. The Castel Garden will serve as a model for the Children of the school, as well as the community at large, examples of small scale and urban gardening techniques as methods of creating locally sourced fresh produce within a city setting.

Values: The Castle Garden will work towards instilling an appreciation for the land of the surrounding region, the value of fresh fruits and vegetables as a part of healthy eating habits, and as a basis for helping students understand the basic steps towards sustainable living behaviors regarding their meal choices.