| Berkshire has had a community vegetable garden since 2008. Produce is donated to local soup kitchens and food banks.
Here are some recipients:
South Oakland Shelter
St. Leo's Soup Kitchen
Par Garden in Oak Park
Goldner Walsh Nursery
Many thanks to:
ACE Hardware (13 Mile and Southfield Rd.)
Franklin Garden Club
Birmingham Education Foundation
BPS Grounds Crew
Mr. Ed's Tree Care
Berkshire's Proud Dads Club
Six Eagle Scout Projects to date!
Many thanks to all the awesome gardeners who volunteer from Spring to Fall! This year we grew a variety of heirloom tomatoes, eggplant, radishes, lettuce, mustard greens, onions, peppers, green beans, cucumbers, peas, carrots, zucchini, squash, and broccoli. No garden experience necessary!
School Gardens Cause a Ripple Effect!
Incorporating gardening into the educational process empowers children to lead healthy, well-balanced lives. When these classroom concepts become part of everyday conversations, enthusiasm spreads, engagement and cooperation grow among family and friends, and communities are transformed into safer, more nurturing environments.
Hands On Academics-- School gardens provide a hand-on learning laboratory where children can apply and explore classroom concepts. From the science of plant biology and natural cycles to the application of math skills to measure, divide and calculate the harvest, students become active and engaged learners.
Diet and Exercise- School garden programs improve a child's understanding of good nutrition and increase consumption of fruits and vegetables while providing an opportunity for regular, moderate exercise in an enjoyable way. These healthy diet and exercise practices, planted like seeds in a school garden, often grow into lifelong healthy habits.
Wellness and Self-Esteem- Success in the garden gives students an opportunity to feel good about themselves and their accomplishments. When a child is able to share something they have helped to grow, they retain a sense of ownership and pride; and when children and community members work together they build relationships that last long after the harvest.
Environment and Community- Children who participate in gardening programs often develop an enhanced appreciation and respect for the world around them. By working together to build and care for a garden, children and volunteers experience the positive impact that they can bring to their communities reinforcing their desire to participate in more good works.
Source: National Gardening Association