On Thursday, September 3rd, Cuyahoga Falls High School students harvested a crop of peppers, corn, carrots, tomatoes, onions and beans from their “Fresh Farm” learning garden.
The garden, established in 2015, has cultivated a wealth of opportunities for both special and general education students, who collaborate to support a wide variety of non-profits throughout the community.
“As of today, we will have donated close to 1,400 pounds of food this year alone to various places in the area including Good Neighbors, Akron Food Bank, and The Church in Silver Lake's Drive-Thru Pantry,” said Steve McIntosh, Intervention Specialist.
“The garden is not only an extension of the classroom, capable of meeting a variety of learning standards, but it’s also a sanctuary for students and staff alike,” he added. “Not only do students meet math and science standards, but they develop independence and job skills, too.”
Donations from GAR Foundation, Cuyahoga Falls Alumni Association, Sodexo and The GPD Foundation helped make this possible, as well as support from CFHS Administration and the community of Cuyahoga Falls. Additional learning gardens have been established at DeWitt Elementary and Richardson Elementary Schools.
The GAR Foundation produced a video spotlighting the garden. View it here.