Rooster’s Learning Garden is 6000sq ft nested between academic wings, with access from the school library, so the “inward facing” classes have a view of the garden. Our goal is to create a sustainable garden that allows teachers to effortlessly integrate the garden into their daily lessons. We have a collection cistern for water and this year we have a hose bib in the garden, but the irrigation system is completely non-functional, so we water by hand mostly. There are 31 adoptable plots. Classes voluntarily adopt and care for plots each year, primarily planting edibles.
The garden is a Certified Wildlife Habitat recognized by the National Wildlife Federation, and is also certified as a Monarch Waystation. Along part of one wall there’s a large area of wildflower and native planting that is maintained by our garden ninjas, aka volunteers. In the center of the garden we have additional wildflower and native plantings in an area we affectionately call the butterfly triangle, also maintained by the ninjas. We have recently planted two peach trees, a fig tree, an olive tree, and some blackberry bushes along both sides of the perimeter gate.
- Respect plants and creatures (even bugs)!
- Take trash with you.
- Put away tools when you’re done.
- Cistern water is great for plants, but not for drinking or washing hands.
- Please sign in and tell us about your activities.
There are lots of ways to volunteer in the garden. Under normal circumstances plots would be voluntarily adopted by classes. Those classes would need parent volunteers to meet them in the garden to help with activities and lessons. This year plot adoption isn’t feasible so we will need to the rely more heavily on volunteer support. We look forward to the time when we can host group weekend workdays again. Until then, we’re using volunteer sign-ups to keep the garden growing. Check the PTA Volunteers page for sign-up lists. Contact us today to be added to the garden volunteer e-mail list.
Weekly Newsletter Archive
The Rooster Springs Learning Garden publishes a weekly newsletter with weekly to dos, tips, and lesson ideas. Here is the latest newsletters:
Resources & Links
Below find links to our garden plot map and plot adoption sign-up, as well as lots of resources.