Jess Halverson Bowyer © 2017

Case Study: John Strange Garden
Client: John Strange Elementary School 
Strategic Goals: To create a school garden from the ground up for John Strange Elementary School, from building support among staff, parents and kids, to physically building the garden to creating after-school curriculum and bringing produce into the school cafeteria. This was the project I chose to meet my Master Gardener certification requirements.
My Role: This project was my purpose for joining the John Strange PTO that year, with a child at the school. I knew of the many benefits of school gardens for students, and wanted our John Strange kids to have access to that. 

Successes: This was a “grassroots” project, and I started at the beginning by getting support from the school leadership and PTO, then created a proposal. Much of my time in the beginning was spent on research. From there it was creating the timeline and plan, designing the garden, ordering and receiving the supplies, organizing parent volunteers, and running an after-school garden club for students. In the fall, we harvested and brought vegetables to the school kitchen for use on the salad bar. It was a multi-faceted project that taught me as much about project management as it did about gardening.