HOUSTON - Parents and students could be seen gathering in Baker Montessori School garden, where they put on gloves and took rakes to grow flowering herbs and study how people can use them. Once the flowers bloom, students can harvest plants and infuse them in oil or dry them to make spices or teas.
Gardening in Baker began 10 years ago when the school’s parent-teacher organization partnered with Urban Harvest. It became an additional school activity after the school completed its last renovations, as they added dedicated gardening areas and a large chicken run.
The fourth, fifth and sixth graders look forward to giving garden tours to younger students. The tour is a part of the multi-age classroom concept adopted by the school.
In the garden, younger students could be seen talking about the life cycles of radishes, cucumber and leafy green plants. Some were seen giggling upon picking the composing milk crates because of the unpleasant odor they emit. Nearby, older students watered the beds as they talked to their teachers about how some vegetables grow in the same space.
Gardening at Baker Montessori School is not provided only as an in-person activity. They also offered an online gardening class for students who are learning from home. Those who do not attend classes in person participate by raising micro-green seedlings at home.
“Our virtual learners recently participated in garden activities by raising microgreen seedlings at home. Their plants along with those of the in-person learners were a part of our campus sales event,” Principal Shameika Sykes-Salvador said.
According to principal Sykes-Salvador, the sale raised almost $800. These proceeds will be used for future garden projects, maintenance, and planned soil preparation.