A School Garden Blooms for Earth Day

Earth Day Network, in partnership with Wells Fargo, hosted a community work day at our newest venture – a school garden at the Yu Ying Public Charter School in Northeast, DC. The school is named after one of the first classroom-based educational schools ever created in China (as opposed to the previously existing, centuries-old tutorial system of education). On Saturday April 21st, in honor of the 42nd anniversary of Earth Day, several dozen community volunteers came out to celebrate earth day by planting this large-scale garden at the Chinese-immersion school of DC. We had a wide range of volunteers, such as students from the K-5 school, multiple parents and neighbors, and even some students from American University pitched in to help. Overall, we constructed 10 raised beds and filled them with organic soil for successive planting of vegetables and some fruits in the coming days and weeks ahead.

Furthermore, we also cleared several large piles of trash and debris while at the same time spreading woodchips to landscape the area. But fruits and vegetables aren’t the only thing that is growing at Yu Ying, we also constructed a native garden with azaleas (in peak bloom right now!) encircling it for the border. Finally, we built a multi-purpose stage that will function as the centerpiece for the garden’s teaching and learning area (learn how to make your own here!).

Earth Day Network believes that school gardens like the one at Yu Ying provide a hands-on learning experience for students in the K-12 arena, while also promoting food literacy, exercise and quality instructional time and opportunities to grow the educational process. We look forward to finishing the garden at Yu Ying and many more across the District and the nation. If you partook in any garden activities this Earth Day, send us your pictures and we’ll be sure to post them on our Educators’ Network. Happy Gardening!