Growing at Greenbrier!

Posted by on Mar 15, 2018 | Comments Off on Growing at Greenbrier!

Growing at Greenbrier!

We’ve all heard the saying that March comes in like a lion…well, I don’t know if you’ve noticed but this year it certainly started out cold!  At Greenbrier, classes have been starting early spring seeds indoors, where the atmosphere is decidedly more lamb-like. So far, students in seven classes have planted a range of seeds, from spinach and kale to zinnias and petunias.  They are observing the seeds sprout under clear domes with grow-lights. This a great opportunity for teachers at all grade levels to review lessons about what plants need to survive, plant parts, or the stages of the plant life cycle.  One of the beauties of starting seeds indoors is that the process is simple, but appeals to many ages. At Greenbrier, we have students from both the 4 year old preschool class and 4th graders participating! At all age levels, the students often grow attached to their seedlings, and check to see how they are doing every day.  They usually want to visit them to monitor their progress even after they’ve been transplanted outside.

Once the weather warms up, hopefully at the end of the month, the students will have an opportunity to move their seedlings into garden beds outside, where they will be able to follow their plants as they grow to become heads of cabbage and lettuce, leafy greens, and beautiful flowers.  This kind of hands on project helps pique students’ interest in the natural sciences, and healthy eating. Students who help plant and grow vegetables are more likely to eat them, I’ve seen it happen!