Learning How to Nurture Our Earth
Students work in the PYP Garden

“To plant a garden is to believe in tomorrow.”  - Aubrey Hepburn

At ASW, we are so fortunate to have a beautiful garden on our campus!

Over the past few years, we have developed one of our courtyards to be a thriving haven for birds, insects and a multitude of plants and fruiting trees.  

Our students have the opportunity to interact with this space each week, learning about ways to nurture our earth, how to cultivate plants and how to problem-solve when pests take the main stage. They plant seeds and take responsibility for their care in helping them grow. They water the garden beds using repurposed rain water from our rain barrels. They contribute organic matter to our compost bins, turning and sifting them until the decomposers finish their job, leaving us with nutritious soil.  They learn about the importance of planting seeds, growing food, and caring for all living things in this space.  Children work together to help our garden thrive.

Students enjoy the fruits of their labor - quite literally - as they snack on raspberries, strawberries, cherries, apples, peaches, plums, beans, lettuce, sunflower seeds and more. Coming to the garden is often the favorite part of some of our students’ days! In these difficult times, where we are reminded more than ever of the benefit of nature, the health that fresh air brings and the safety we can feel outside of four walls, we are grateful for this beautiful space.

The PYP Garden Program is run by Kelli Griffin (ES EAL) and Teodor Ajder (Service Learning).