The Garden at Oswegatchie School is a sustainable organic garden where children get a hands on experience learning where their food comes from while developing an appreciation and respect for nature. The Garden will be a learning center to teach gardening as well as incorporating art, music, literature, math and science. It is a place where children are encouraged to join in and participate in the process of creating, developing and maintaining the garden!

Saturday, May 4, 2013

Many Hands Make Light Work!

We had a fantastic turnout on this beautiful day! Many hands make light work indeed, with all our wonderful volunteers we were done in one hour. I apologize to those families who showed up late and didn't get a chance to build a box or use a power tool. We didn't expect such a phenomenal turnout and finished sooner than expected.  Please know there are still PLENTY of opportunities to help in the garden.

Boxes laid out waiting for the children

We arrived bright and early to unload the lumber and place it where the children would be building the boxes. We wanted to set the children up for success so they would be encouraged to stick with the garden project.

After showing the children the instructions, they jumped right in and started building! I had a 1/3 scale model of the beds in the library for 2 weeks that the children used for practice. Once the first tier of all the beds was assembled we moved the beds into place and the children built the second tiers.

Our Principal and OSO President lend a hand!

 Next came the really fun part for the children, power tools! The children each got several opportunities to use the power drill and screw in the support pieces that hold the boxes securely together.

The first 8 beds waiting to be filled.

Rob and I are very grateful for such a wonderful turnout today. Special thanks go out to our outstanding staff members Mr. Shaedler, Ms. Roselund, Mrs. Houlihan, Mrs. Macione and Mr. Kamercia who gave up their precious Saturday to help the children in this endeavor. Thank you also to the DeMarco, Heenan, Tuckwood, Goldschneider, Feeney, Bergamo and Gardiner families for encouraging your children to connect with nature and help the community. Your children are stellar role models within our school. Thanks also go out to Mrs. Dyjak who provided snacks for our hard working students. We have volunteers to help get the compost. As soon as I can coordinate with Beach Brook Farm we will be able to start filling the beds and planting.

Remember, there's still time to help our school win a $10,000 or $25,000 grant. Click the Share the Good link above to vote daily until May 17. 

The Garden will soon have a website:  Here you will be able to find tips and tricks for planting, recipes and lesson plans to incorporate gardening into classroom curriculum. We are still under construction but check back often for new developments. We will very soon be on Pinterest so stay tuned for that as well. In the meantime you can "like" us on Facebook to get updates.

If you are interested in building raised garden beds like the ones the children built today click here to download the plans. You will also find many other useful garden project plans compliments of Bepa's Garden and rjt designs.

Shared at:
The Creative HomeAcre 
Deborah Jean's Dandelion House 
The Backyard Farming Connection 
From the Farm Blog Hop


  1. Lovely to see this taking shape with the help of so many willing volunteers. Thanks for linking up at The Creative HomeAcre hop - see you next time, I hope!

  2. I love to see a group working together. How amazing your garden will be with all the help and love to make it grow...