Carrabec High School Garden

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Carrabec High School Garden

160 North Main st
North Anson, ME 04958

 

Danielle Dickey
ddickey@carrabec.org
2075784090

Category
School Vegetable Garden, Nutrition Education/Cooking with Students, Nature Education, School Composting, Community Garden, Non-profit Organization

When was your garden project started?
Summer of 2014

What type of facility hosts your garden?
Public School, High School

What does your garden project include?
Vegetables, Composting Bin, Vermicomposting, Composting School Waste, Greenhouse, Hoop House, Chickens/Other Animals, Our Garden Produce Used in Cafeteria, Local Farm Produce Obtained for Cafeteria, Cooking or Taste Testing in Classroom, Nature Study, Schoolyard Plantings/Greening Project, Fruit Trees, Farmer's Market

Who volunteers in your garden?
Teachers, School Staff, College Students

How is your garden project funded?
Budgeted School or Community Funds, Grants, Donations, Sale of Seeds, Plants, Vegetable

What community connections do you have?
Local Farmers, Elder Groups, Local College

What are your future goals?
Here at Carrabec High in rural North Anson , Maine, AmeriCorps is working to establish a healthy relationship between students, food and the land. We understand that the opportunity that working with fresh and healthy produce in an environment of hard work and holistic living can provide a great space for community building. Through the AIMS HIGH ( AmeriCorps Invests in Maine Students Helping Inspire Growth & Hope) LearningWorks AmeriCorps division, Carrabec has a greenhouse currently under construction for an aquaponics set up, as well as an existing 600 sq. foot bed that provided squash and tomatoes last year to students and faculty. A new 3 year crop plan has been constructed for an additional 3 beds as well as an herb garden, a seating area and rain collection barrels. A Horticulture program is being designed for alternative education students to receive hands on experience for non-traditional learning pathways to meet core standards. A plan is being devised to connect the life skills students with local farmers markets to sell goods, gain experience and boost the independece as well as overall well being of students lives. There is also a hope to have culinary vocational students involved with local culinary individuals , including UMF students. The goal would be to get credit for both parties and increase engagement with local, fresh produce.

What is your most significant need?
AmeriCorps has the opportunity to pay volunteers $100 as well as a $1,195 educational award that will be dispersed at the end of the term. There is a 300 hour requirement for role, and if 55 years or older the individual can gift their award. We are in need of individuals to come and help students and staff care for the garden/aquaponics set up over the spring and summer. Working hands on with the students and helping the garden bloom is the main objective of the position. Any help is greatly appreciated!

Any other comments?
For more information or to donate time/funds/equiptment , please contact Danielle Dickey at ddickey@carrabec.org or 207-578-4090.

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