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St. Philip Grows Young Minds (and Vegetables) Through Gardening

At St. Philip's, education extends far beyond the classroom walls. Here, we've embraced gardening as a vibrant tool for learning, fostering a love for nature and science in students of all ages.

Even our youngest learners, the two-year-olds, get their hands dirty in the fun of planting. This hands-on experience sparks curiosity and ignites a sense of wonder as they witness the magic of seeds transforming into thriving plants.

Preschool classes take their exploration a step further, delving into the fascinating world of plant lifecycles. Through classroom activities and time spent in our dedicated garden spaces, they learn about the essential elements – sunlight, water, and soil – that contribute to a plant's growth.

But the learning doesn't stop there! St. Philip's boasts an impressive four garden boxes and a state-of-the-art hydroponics system. This innovative approach allows us to cultivate a wider variety of vegetables, all year round. From crisp lettuce to juicy tomatoes, students get a firsthand experience with the journey from seed to delicious snack, fostering a deeper appreciation for healthy eating.

The benefits of our garden program extend far beyond the curriculum.  Here are just a few ways it enriches the lives of our students:

  • Encourages Responsibility: Caring for plants teaches valuable lessons about responsibility and nurturing life.

  • Boosts STEM Skills: Gardening provides a practical application of science, technology, engineering, and math concepts learned in the classroom.

  • Promotes Teamwork: Students collaborate on planting, weeding, and harvesting, fostering communication and teamwork skills.

  • Connects with Nature: Time spent outdoors fosters a connection with the natural world, creating a sense of environmental awareness.

St. Philip's gardening program is a testament to our commitment to providing a well-rounded education that goes beyond textbooks. By nurturing young minds and plants alike, we cultivate a generation of curious learners who appreciate the wonders of science and the importance of a healthy lifestyle.

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