The fall harvest isn’t just for farms – crops are abundant in the gardens at Indianapolis Public Schools this month. Many of our schools have gardens tended by our staff and students, providing educational growth in many ways.

James A. Garfield School 31 has a thriving garden; right now they’re growing raspberries, strawberries, kale, collard greens, and broccoli. One class incorporated the study of radishes and garlic into their lessons, so you can find both in the garden now as well.

Parent Community Coordinator Sarah McAfee oversees the garden and how it can be used to help students and their families.

“We have tons of produce in the summer…families can come every Tuesday and help out, learn, and take produce home,” she said.

McAfee finds interesting ways to use the garden as a teaching tool for students. She’s hosted math workshops in the garden to show that math is all around and growing your own produce takes a lot of calculation. After fall break, one class will get a first-hand look at roots, stems, leaves, flowers, seeds, and fruits to boost their science lessons.

In the classroom or on the dinner table, school gardens are helping our students learn lifelong skills that will enrich their homes and communities in the future. We’re excited to see what the next harvest will bring at IPS!