Washington State University
    Island County Extension 
    School Garden Program Coordinator
    Tricia Heimer
    Island County Public Health
    SNAP-ED Coordinator



School Garden

  • Our school garden was created during the 2016-2017 School Year thanks to a $35,000 annual renewable Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program Education (SNAP-Ed) grant for a school garden project with Washington State University's Island County Extension. 

    The grant focuses on sustainability and hands-on learning to improve the nutritional health of children and families through the creation of a school food garden.  In addition to the annual vegetable garden, our school has a greenhouse, compost bins, and perennial food plants, fruit trees, berry canes, and grapevines.

    In our garden blog, you will learn about the nutritional information of local and seasonal produce, find tasty, kid-friendly recipes, and follow students as they learn about seeds, growing food plants, composting, worm bins, and lots of other fun ways to get dirty while growing good things to eat. 


School Garden Blog

  • Wheat Threshing with Mrs. Rusnak's Class

    Posted by Annette Stillwell on 12/2/2021

    Did you know that our school garden tried growing wheat this year?  The trial was a success and today Miss Tricia brought in some of the harvest for students to experience threshing a very old-fashioned way -- with their feet!  Here are some photos from Mrs. Rusnak's lesson:

    Boy with pile of wheat

    Prior to threshing

    Teacher and students in line walking on tarp covered wheat

    Walking to thresh the wheat

    Teacher and students checking results Boys trying hand threshing

    Checking the results and trying hand-threshing.  Wheat is prickly!

    Girl looking at wheat grain diagram Wheat structure

    Learning about wheat grain structure

    Students and teacher discussing flour production

    Discussing flour production and usage.  There is about one pound of flour in one loaf of bread.  

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  • Cranberries | November 2021

    Posted by Annette Stillwell on 11/1/2021

    This month's Harvest of the Month features cranberries.



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  • Apple Science

    Posted by Annette Stillwell on 10/29/2021

    Students in Mrs. Ward's fourth-grade class learned about oxidation in a recent garden lesson.

    They used the scientific process, first creating a theory-- that higher acidity would retard oxidation, and then everyone got to take part -- either dipping apples into water/lemon juice/vinegar/citric acid powder, watching for color changes, timing dips and changes, or recording data. 

    The best part?  Afterward, they got bites of different, fresh apples to try!


    Boy recording apple data

    Two girls, one writing, and a boy holding a bowl

    Tricia writing test variable data for students



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  • Apples | September 2021

    Posted by Annette Stillwell on 9/1/2021

    September Harvest of the Month:  Apples


    Flyer showing apples and girl in chef hat and coat

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  • Blackberries | June 2021

    Posted by Annette Stillwell on 6/1/2021

    Unripened blackberries are red in color • Blackberries are considered a bramble crop, due to thorns • High in fiber and Vitam

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  • Wriggling Worms Abound

    Posted by Annette Stillwell on 4/29/2021

    Students in Mrs. Abrahamse's class are exploring the anatomy of worms along with what they eat, how they live, and what they do for the environment.  

    Drawing from live subjects is tough, especially when the critters try to wriggle away.  One enterprising young man had to build a pencil corral to keep his worm contained!

    No worms were harmed during the lesson and they were released in the garden after their classroom adventure.


    Boy coloring parts of worm

    Girl inspecting worm

    Boy with worm in pencil corral

    Boy with worm

    Girl with worm on pencil

    Girl with worm



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  • Earth Day

    Posted by Annette Stillwell on 4/22/2021

    Students in Mrs. Beach's fourth-grade class celebrated Earth Day by cleaning up the campus and planting flowers in the Enchanted Ecosystem's large flower bed. 

    They are hoping the flowers draw butterflies and other pollinators.  Odds are good, as creatures seem to like the habitat -- students found a frog during their efforts!


    Girl with watering can and Mrs. Beach Boy and girl with trash bag Frog


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  • Spring in the Garden

    Posted by Annette Stillwell on 4/1/2021

    Spring has sprung!  With the change in the weather, students are getting out starting to get the garden ready for the new season.  Fourth-grade students have been visiting with Ms. Jackson on sunny days to tackle the weeds and taste some of the delicious tender shoots.

    Students inspecting broccoli  Boy with grass clump

    Girls weeding the garlic



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  • Radishes | March 2021

    Posted by Heather Zalapa on 2/23/2021
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  • Root Vegetables | January 2021

    Posted by Heather Zalapa on 1/4/2021

    root vegetable facts

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