Detroit, MI — Urban Farming Green Science Gardens are great arenas for learning and that’s why they are located on school and college campuses across America. One of the most outstanding gardens is located at Kettering High School. It is part of a bigger picture-the Urban Farming mission to eliminate hunger by establishing gardens throughout the country that can provide a continuous harvest of food for the poor, for free.
The Kettering garden has worked so well during its three years of existence that the founder and Executive Director of Urban Farming (based in Detroit), Taja Sevelle, recommended it as the topic of a short piece that will be produced for Good Morning America. They liked the idea, came to the school to help make the garden famous and you’ll be able to view the segment on the GMA show on June 24th on Channel 7.
The Kettering garden began with four semi truckloads of topsoil and compost provided by Urban Farming, and seeds and plants provided by Telly’s Greenhouse. Every year since then, students in the science classes plant the seeds and young plants, and nurture them inside until it is safe to transplant them outside. Now their project produces a number of vegetables including cabbage, corn, peppers, squash, tomatoes, lettuce and more. The crops ripen at different times so there is almost always something that is ready to be picked and cooked by anyone in the neighborhood, and of course by the students. During the summer, the Kettering West Wing students weed and water the garden because theirs is a 12 month school year.
Along with the garden, the Kettering site also boasts a wildlife habitat which was created about ten years ago. It features a pond, fish, turtles, frogs, crayfish and numerous microorganisms. It is dressed up with a number of perennials which reduces maintenance to practically nothing. Of course the area attracts larger animals such as birds. This year a pair of Canada geese laid eggs and seven goslings hatched.
The Urban Farming Green Science Garden has room for every student in the Kettering schools and is used as a ready source for science lessons. “It is a very exciting project that has really hooked the students. It has taught them a lot about the science side of nature and it is just a joy to see them so enthusiastic about learning,” said Dr. Willie Howard, the Principal of Kettering.