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

  • 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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  • Winter Squash | December 2020

    Posted by Heather Zalapa on 12/1/2020

    Did you know that people have been eating winter squash for more than 10,000 years? Click here to read more!

    squash recipes squash facts

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  • Pumpkins | November 2020

    Posted by Heather Zalapa on 11/1/2020

    Did you know pumpkins can last for up to 3 months when whole? Read on for more great pumpkin tips!

    pumpkin basics pumpkin recipe

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  • Apples | Oct 2020

    Posted by Heather Zalapa on 10/12/2020

    apple facts

    apple recipe

    apple trivia

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  • HOM: Chickpea Tasting

    Posted by Annette Stillwell on 3/5/2020

    boy likes chickpeas Students had the opportunity to try the Harvest of the Month: Legumes today in the form of chickpeas! 


    Roasted with taco seasoning, the crunchy vegetables were tried by many with varying reviews.  Students said they tasted like bread, meat, dirt, and nuts.


    We're proud of the brave souls who tried a new food today!


    See more photos on Facebook.


    Girl likes chick peas  Boys liking chickpeas

    Girl doesn't like chickpeas Boy trying chickpea

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  • Harvest of the Month: Legumes

    Posted by Annette Stillwell on 3/1/2020
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