Anamosa Community Schools Garden
Anamosa Middle School has received a grant to build a garden through Whole Kids Foundation Garden Grant Program, which created a partnership with FoodCorps to help school and organizations grow kids’ relationships with food through gardening.
The Foundation has extended over $7.2 million in grant funds to over 3,600 schools and nonprofit organizations across the United States and Canada which supports a broad range of projects including raised bed garden construction, vertical gardens, outdoor classroom projects, composting and rainwater collection.
The Anamosa Garden Grant was written by Sheila Ferrell and accepted last spring by Principal Vaughn and a few teachers who valued the effort and vision of it’s author. Since then, six, 8 x 4 raised boxes were constructed by our very own Industrial Arts Teacher, Ron Timp. After that, dirt was delivered, supplies were purchased, and starter plants were donated through Theisen’s and planted on the very last day of school. Over the summer, a small cadre of staff members supervised the progress of the garden so that by fall we could have an established garden to interest the students and teachers.