Let's Build a Garden!

Join the Uncas Garden Committee!

School gardens connect kids to real food.

2% of children eat enough fruits and vegetables. That leaves a lot of room for improvement! When kids get their hands dirty by growing healthy food they are more willing to eat healthy food. It's that simple. Let's give our kids at Uncas that opportunity.

A garden will provide a hands on way for our children to learn where food comes from. It also is a bridge that can connect the classroom to real life. A garden is a living laboratory for sciences, math, nutrition, exploration, critical thinking, self expression, and fun.

FoodCorps + YOU.

Norwich Public Schools has a FoodCorps service member to facilitate the building of school gardens, conduct nutrition education in classrooms, and increase the access of healthy foods to Norwich kids. But we can't go it alone! We need teachers, parents, faculty, staff, neighbors, friends, and businesses on board.

What we need:

  • Your experience! Did you plant a great variety of tomato? It would grow at Uncas!
  • Your time! Can you come one day a week to help water the garden?
  • Your treasure! Can you donate old garden tools? Do you know someone who has lumber for raised beds?

Inaugural Garden Committee Meeting

Thursday, Oct. 17th 2013 at 6:30pm

280 Elizabeth Street

Norwich, CT

Come to the Open House and meet with the garden committee after!

We will meet to discuss ideas for placement of the garden, funding, volunteers, classroom activities, plants, and general introductions.

Please RSVP to Leah at: leah.korger@foodcorps.org

Interested? Want more information?

Meet Leah Korger, your service member in the Norwich Public Schools. Leah hails from Wisconsin where she achieved her degree in nutrition from the University of Wisconsin Green Bay. She has completed an internship at Harmony Ridge Farms in North Carolina, taught seasonal community cooking classes, and pioneered her university's garden organization. Send her an email to join Uncas's garden committee or to collaborate on other projects!

FoodCorps Connecticut operates under the statewide direction of the University of Connecticut Cooperative Extension, in partnership with twelve leading national organizations working to improve school food environments. Norwich's service site operates under the Norwich Public School Food Service program.

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