Spring Garden Explorers schedule!

Garden Explorers is an after school program run by Sustainable Nantucket’s Farm to School Program and offed through the Nantucket Community School.

Tuesday, April 7th will be the first day of our Spring Session! Students currently enrolled in grades K-5 have the opportunity to register through the Nantucket Community School for the after school program that will meet Tuesday’s and Thursday’s from 2:30pm – 4:30pm, rain or shine!

We are so excited to get back in the garden and have outlined a wonderful Garden Explorers program below.
To register click the session you would like to register for and that will direct you to the Nantucket Community School registration page.

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Session I: April 7th – May 7 ♦ $116
Each day will begin with general tasks to help our young farmers understand what it takes to grow their own food. The weekly lessons described below will follow.

  • Week 1 – Waking up the School Garden – Students will learn how to make a vegetable garden plan, gain an understanding of how to read seed packets as well as learn the basics of companion planting!
  • Week 2 – What is a seed? – Seed based activities will teach our young farmers what a seed is and what it needs to thrive! We will also be starting seeds in the greenhouse and in the garden beds.
  • Week 3 – Garden Structures – Our farmers will become carpenters this week as we build trellises and other garden structures.
  • Week 4 – Garden Habitat – Our garden is a wonderful place for many birds and insects and our young farmers will learn all about how they can both help and harm the food we grow.

Session II: May 12 – June 11 ♦ $145
Each day will begin with general tasks to help our young farmers understand what it takes to grow their own food. The weekly lessons described below will follow.

  • Week 1 – Garden Story– Students will use natural elements found in the school garden to create pictures telling their favorite garden story.
  • Week 2 – Local Food – We will learn about our islands farming history as we plant heirloom seeds grown on Nantucket in the past.
  • Week 3Good Nutrition – In order for us to be healthy, our plants must be healthy too. This week we will include activities that will educate our students about how to keep out plants and their bodies healthy.
  • Week 4 – Garden Cooking – Students will harvest their own crops to make delicious and nutritious meals.
  • Week 5 – Dirt!Our young farmers will get a little dirty as learn all about soil, compost, and the insects that make soil so special.