Getting outdoors, hands in the earth, senses open to the world around them, students connect with nature, food and one another when in their gardens. We find that when they grow it, they eat it. This is the work that feeds our souls and nourishes our bodies.
Forage works closely with the Alachua County Farm to School to Work Program, providing technical and resource assistance for gardening, seed saving and job skills training related to food. Located on adjoining campuses of Loften High School and Horizon campus in East Gainesville, this school food hub is a unique community collaboration offering top notch programing to students with special needs. We are humbled to be a part of such a wonderful program.
Forage also supports the School Board of Alachua County’s EDEP (Extended Day Enrichment Program) to offer after school gardening programs for children at 5 local schools. Through hands-on educational activities, students manage all aspects of the edible garden! After school gardens are currently maintained at Lake Forest, Alachua, Littlewood, Metcalfe and Terwilliger Elementary. We hope to increase our fundraising efforts in order to add more schools to our program. To read our garden year end report, Click here!
If you would like to get involved, please email Melissa: firstname.lastname@example.org