Clarke Middle School, located in Athens, Georgia, is constantly evolving as a sustainable school. Programming around gardening, FFA, sustainability and the farm to table movement have existed for a number of years with the dedication of many staff members as well as the buy-in from administrators and, most importantly, the students.
Our group of chickens provide classes with fresh eggs for recipes that also incorporate fresh vegetables from our garden beds. Unwanted food items such as juice cartons and bananas are also used in cooking labs which cuts down on waste and expenses. We compost and recycle during all lunch periods and in classroom kitchens and there are student volunteers who help to keep this programming running each day.
Students at Clarke Middle get to learn through experience about animal husbandry and sustainable urban farming. Students care for the schools herd of goats and flock of chickens as well as frequently working in the large school garden. Grow It Know It provides ongoing support that allows these resources to thrive.
Grow It Know It also provides many opportunities for Clarke Middle School students to participate in special projects related to sustainability, nutrition, and farm to table experiences.
Clarke Middle School hosts the Grow It Know It summer camp program in which Athens-Clarke County middle school students participate in daily farm chores including harvesting produce, caring for livestock and cooking with fresh, local produce. Each Thursday participants and the adult supervisors create a pop-up restaurant that highlights in-season produce and it is open to all community members.
If you or someone you know is interested in getting involved or has a question/comment/suggestion please send Clarke Middle School’s Americorps VISTA Tess Wilson an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.