Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Welcome to the Dreamkeeper Garden!!!


Welcome to the Dreamkeeper Garden!

The Dreamkeeper Garden is an educational garden located at Langston Hughes Academy in the Fairgrounds neighborhood of New Orleans, Louisiana.

The garden is home to classes for over 300 students from kindergarten to 4th grade and to an after school program for 5th to 8th graders.  We teach a science-based curriculum with lessons that can only be taught in a garden or outdoor space.  In our soil we grow a wide range of vegetables, fruits, flowers and trees that vary with each new season.  Our scholars feed our compost pile with food waste left over from breakfast and lunch meals in the school cafeteria including fresh fruit, vegetables and bread.

Our scholars benefit from an experiential learning model that reinforces what they learn in other parts of the curriculum.  Even our youngest scholars are able to identify different kinds of plants and vegetables and learn how to interact responsibly with nature.

The Garden welcomes collaborations of all sorts and volunteers for in-class assistance, garden maintenance and watering duties.  For more information please contact dk@esynola.org.

During the 2011-2012 school year the garden is being run by lead teacher Amy Zellweger and two Americorps service people, Marion Spencer and Sam Gordon.

As of 2011 the Dreamkeeper Garden is a network garden of Edible Schoolyard New Orleans.