Cotton Blooms & Looms: A Garden Learning Project

Gloucester County educator Carol Wright from Clayton Public Schools, was awarded a $10,000 grant to carry out a project at Clayton Middle/High School in Clayton.

The project was developed as an opportunity for MS & HS special and regular education students to collaborate, implement and develop ways to complete and sustain a school garden project. Students will be researching and learning about native pollinators and their importance to gardens as well as observing and learning about other varieties of vegetables and flowers that attract pollinators to the garden.

Additional focus will be on gardening techniques such as: raised beds, aeroponics, hydroponics and trellis systems. Students will learn about cotton, how it is planted and grown all over the world, observe cotton as it grows and see how the cotton bolls get processed into cloth. Connections will be made with community members, sewing and quilt guilds, master gardeners and florists or landscape companies that will be invited to continue to work and sustain this project through annual community service day.

For more information, contact:

Carol Wright, Project Coordinator