Plumosa School of the Arts Edible Garden
Our school garden consists of 10 raised bed gardens where students in grades K-5 plant and nurture edible herbs and vegetables from seed to harvest. Together with our PTA, we organize weekend garden day events where families can come to enjoy some quality time working in the garden! We also plan several family events where students get to create dishes using our harvest to learn how delicious freshly grown produce can taste. Support funding for the installation of our garden came from the Whole Kids Foundation School Garden Grant as well as The Scott's Miracle-Gro Company.
We were delighted to open our 2016-2017 garden day events with The Healthy Me program through the generous support of The Breakers Hotel, Palm Beach, sponsored by Local Ecopia. (http://www.localecopia.org).
Our newest partner, The Fresh Market on US1 and Linton Blvd. in Delray Beach, is supporting our Culinary Arts program with a weekly donation of delicious fresh produce. We can't thank them enough! In addition, Chipotle, also on Linton Blvd. in Delray Beach, hosted a fundraiser to raise funds to sustain our garden.
Bedners Farmers Market of Delray Beach and Boynton Beach donated fresh grown produce for our 2nd annual Kids in the Kitchen event led by Chef Luis Asturias, Jr. from HMS Host Ft. Lauderdale, where the kids were led through a lesson in prepping a rainbow of fresh veggies to create a healthy lunch! We also thank Fresh Market for providing groceries needed to complete the recipe.
Our cooking events for 2015-16 were sponsored by Bloomingale's Boca Raton, Farmer's Table Boca Raton and HMS Host, Ft. Lauderdale.
We would like to invite local chefs into our school to offer a group of elementary age students simple cooking lessons. We have started an after-school club called Culinary Arts and Nutrition. We would like to have a hands-on cooking lesson by a professional chef whenever possible. The club meets every Friday afternoon with approx. 20 students rotating over 4-weeks, accomodating 100 students! Whenever possible, we try to incorporate fresh produce grown on our campus, such as kale, chard, and tomatoes, depending on our harvest!
Here are some highlights of the events that have helped our students understand the connection between eating healthy and being healthy. Thanks to the various organizations that have supported us so far. Please contact us if you can help bring more days like these to our students.
The Scotts Miracle-Gro Company
The Breakers Hotel - Palm Beach
Whole Kids Foundation
Chef Troy Wyman - Boynton Beach Diner
Chipotle - Linton Blvd., Delray Beach
Bedners Farmers Markets - Delray and Boynton Beach
Chef Raymond Willey - www.chefrayllc.com