Growing and Learning

By Leah Kirstein

Published 04/29 2014 06:50PM

Updated 04/29 2014 06:58PM

BROOKVILLE, JEFFERSON COUNTY - Students got a hands on lesson about agriculture. It was taught by the Quiet Creek Herb Farm and School of Country Living.

Pinecreek Elementary stated:

To celebrate earth day, second graders at Pinecreek Elementary School will plant an Edible Fruit Garden with include apple, pear, and peach trees, along with grapes, on the school grounds. Pinecreek Elementary School Second grade teachers, Mrs. Jen Palmer and Mrs. Diane Amsler, were awarded a grant for the Edible Fruit Garden from the Brookville Raider Scholastic Foundation.

This grant project would foster a hands-on approach, a real world connection, and live event learning where the kids will actually be engaged in the process of planting trees from start to finish, while incorporating Pennsylvania State Standards. Students will learn about agriculture, which is an important part of our community heritage and the rural district in which we live.

Through the project, students, under the direction of Quiet Creek Herb Farm and School of Country Living and the second grade teachers, would learn the wonders and the skills of growing their own fruit. Students will learn about soil, mulch, worm compost, watering, and integrated pest management. Each class will have their own fruit trees. Second graders will reduce their carbon footprint by planting trees, growing their own food, obtaining a great source of nutrition, and making a difference in their community.

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