Our Community Garden

communitygardenThe concept of edible schoolyard (ESY) programs, a close relative of urban garden spots that can be found in  many cities across the country, can be traced from the first program set up in collaboration between restaurateur Alice Waters and the Martin Luther King Jr. Middle School in Berkeley, California in the mid-1970s.

The ESY program exposes children to the experience of growing and cooking with healthy foods.  It gives children the chance to spend time out of doors, get exercise as they work in the garden, and learn to apply classroom learning in subjects like math and science to real-life experiences planting, harvesting, and cooking the food they have grown.

This is our first year of planting a community garden at Oxford.  We have had a bumper crop of everything, and are looking forward to a busy fall planting for winter, planning for spring crops, and incorporating what we learned this year to next year’s garden projects.