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Did you know C.W. Henry has a garden? We do!
In the spring of 2010, committed parents teamed with the Farm Education program of Weaver’s Way Community Programs (now Food Moxie) to create the C. W. Henry School Garden. Located behind the staff parking lot, adjacent to the kindergarten playground, the garden was envisioned as a way of both beautifying the school grounds and using the land to enrich the curriculum.
Today, with support from the PTA, classes regularly visit the garden during the school day, where they are taught by farm educators and parent volunteers. Students take part in planting, harvesting, tasting, and lessons that connect the classroom curriculum to the dynamic ecosystem right outside the school doors.
Time in the garden affords students hands-on learning about science, horticulture, healthy eating, wildlife, weather, math, and economics, while building teamwork, positive peer relationships, and a strong community.
Tended with entirely organic methods, the garden produces a wide array of fruits, vegetables, and herbs. Perennial plantings include figs, blueberries, blackberries, raspberries, strawberries, goji berries, rosemary, oregano, chives, and thyme. Annual plantings vary year to year, with tomatoes, sweet peppers, kale, collards, broccoli, cucumbers, beans, lettuces, peas, garlic, and potatoes in seasonal rotation. The Pennsylvania Horticultural Society’s City Harvest program supports the garden with seedlings and other supplies. During the school year, the Henry community shares the harvest; over the summer it goes to garden volunteers, neighbors, and community aid organizations.
Help keep the garden growing!
We need many hands to sustain this valuable resource for teachers and students and the Mt. Airy community.
Volunteers help care for the garden, assist in garden lessons, plan events, and more. We accept in-kind donations of garden tools and cash donations to purchase garden supplies and support additional instructional time with farm educators.