Montclair School District teachers Nino P. La Stella and Shalini Taneja were awarded a $7,800 grant from the Hipp Foundation for their project, which has also been designated as the Leonard Koch Grant for Mathematics. This program will expand on a successful greenhouse curriculum already in place in the district and will take two school years to complete.
The original program revolves around the greenhouse and includes events for each of the four seasons including a Fall Recipe Sharing and Food Tasting, a Winter Soup Tasting and Seed Exchange, a Spring Plant Sale fundraiser, and a Summer Community Garden kick-off.
Students will design and build a cold frame addition to the greenhouse where cold-tolerant vegetables will be planted. Harvested vegetables from all the summer gardens will be donated to the town’s food pantry.
Architecture class students will design and build outdoor hardscape elements that will provide a welcoming outdoor classroom space.
Students will use iPads to research and submit designs for vegetable gardens, flower and herb garden spaces, and create QR code icons for each plant.
Members of the Greenhouse Community Connection Committee receive updates on project progress, news of activities, and invitations to be part of the future planning sessions.
The program is planned as a template that can be shared with other schools in the district with school or community gardens.
For Further Information, contact:
Nino P. La Stella
School Phone: 973-520-4220