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The EduCulture Project

at Global Source Education

Bridging Classroom and Community through
Scholarship, Citizenship, Stewardship, and Sustainability

 

Our Farm-School Partnerships
on Bainbridge Island, WA

Blakely Elementary School

with
Heyday Farm

Locally grown history was made in the south end of Bainbridge Island in Spring 2011 when our third farm-school partnership was seeded with Blakely Elementary School and Heyday Farm.

What makes this Blakely School-Heyday Farm partnership so special is the bunch of “firsts” with our latest edible education program in the south end of Bainbridge Island: a first season of this farm-school program, a first farm partnership for Blakely School, a first educational venture for this new farm, and the first time row crops had been planted on this fertile ground.

Heyday Farm was generous enough to offer EduCulture the opportunity of starting an edible education program last spring with Blakely Elementary. This edible education program is a model of private farmland partnership with public education to grow public produce for school and community food streams. Students walk from school campus through the Islandwood environmental learning center to neighboring Heyday Farm.

In Spring 2011, students from Wilkes Elementary, Blakely Elementary, and Island Coop Preschool planted 1500 seed potatoes at Morales and Heyday Farms. In June 2011, four classes of students and community work parties of Blakely families seeded 600 potato seeds and two rows of sugar pumpkins. Over 80 volunteer students, parents and teachers tended to the plants through summer work parties.

In Fall 2011, eleven classes of Blakely students walked from Blakely, through Islandwood, to Heyday, to harvest potatoes.

Click here for a slide show made by Blakely School Kindergarten teacher, Karen Keller, documenting her class experience harvesting potatoes at EduCulture's edible education plot at Heyday Farm, Fall 2011.

More than 1700 pounds of organically grown potatoes were harvested by students from Blakely School, Wilkes School and Island Coop Preschool were donated to the school and community food streams. These locally grown and student sown potatoes were featured as a "Bite of Bainbridge" in four meals during the 2011-12 school year. On November 10, 150 pounds of potatoes organically grown by Blakely Elementary School students on Heyday Farm were served in a soup to more than 1100 students across the district.On December 8, the Bainbridge Island School District lunch program served its third Bite of Bainbridge, featuring locally grown, student sown potatoes cultivated by Wilkes and Blakely elementary students. About 220 pounds of organically grown Yukon Gold, Cherry Red, and Caribe potatoes were donated to the school lunch program for this meal.

 

Teachers from Blakely Elementary testing out the walk to near by Heyday Farm, Spring 2011.


 

Looking East towards Heyday Farm in 2011 (to the left).
The cleared patch of land was our first edible education plot with Blakely School.

Heyday Farm was started by Steve Romein, Ty Cramer, and Craig and Alice Skipton. They are reclaiming the historic Winney Farm, where Nellie Winney used to welcome class visits from MacDonald School in the 1950’s.

 



One of the four Blakely Elementary classes who planted the first seed potatoes
at their new edible education plot on Heyday Farm, June 2011.

Students apply math skills to plant their seed potatoes a foot apart along a 100' row.

Blakely School Principal, Reese Ande, supervising at one of his students planting their first seed potatoes
and wishing he was in 2nd grade again.

Summertime during first season of edible education at Heyday Farm. Blakely School planted 6 rows of potatoes and two rows of sugar pumpkins and squash. Over the summer, volunteer work parties from the school community tend to this plot.

Potatoes are sorted by large (which go to the school lunch program), small (which go back to classrooms, homes, community food banks, and saved for seeds), and damaged (which are use for seeds, food, or composted).

On these landscapes of learning, students practice math and social skills, study science and local heritage, and learn about food communities, from production and processing to consumption and recycling.

During the potato harvest, students count, weigh, sort and clean what will be served in their school lunch program and what has brought back to their classrooms for curricular and culinary activities.

Locally grown student sown potatoes (Yukon Gold, Caribe, Cherry Red) just harvested by a class of Blakely students, from their first season at Heydy Farm. Most of these were served to these students and the rest of Bainbridge Island School District as a Bite of Bainbridge in their school lunch program.

EduCulture's Jon Garfunkel attempting to communicate with the flock at Heyday Farm.

Students learn about chicken tractors and are show a portable roost and feeding station.

As part of their eggucation, students from Blakely Elementary watch eggs being cleaned and processed at Heyday Farm.

Blakely students learning how to wash fresh eggs from Heyday Farm
which they will take back to the classroom for further eggucation and culinary enjoyment!

 

Congratulations to Blakely School and Heyday Farm for making this such a successful pilot season of edible education! Additional thanks to our master farmer advisor Brian MacWhorter for helping us get this farm-school program seeded in so many ways.

In these times of scarcity, it is good to celebrate the little bites of abundance in our community- locally grown and student sown

 


Learn more about Blakely Elementary School

Learn about our Farm-School Food Stream on Bainbridge Island

Learn about our Partner Farms on Bainbridge Island

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