Falmouth Middle and High School
Address: 52 Woodville Road, Falmouth, ME 04105
The learning gardens on the Falmouth Middle and High School campus are deeply rooted in their school’s curriculum and activities. The purpose of these gardens is to empower and inspire young people to use their sustainability and food justice education to improve the health and wellness of themselves, their communities, and the environment. Master Gardener Volunteers help maintain these gardens and assist with programs when needed. The middle school garden club meets there, and has a few veggies in the greenhouse, but it is mostly an ornamental garden. Where I and other volunteers teach the kids about weeding, plant division, pruning, and organic gardening methods. The science program has used the space to teach the students better lawn practices, which in turn the kids invite their parents in to teach too. Friends of Casco Bay have helped with this curriculum in the past. We also use the garden as a source for the kids to use when making bouquets for the Preble Street soup kitchen tables. The art and science programs at the school use the garden for lessons in nature, and the guidance department continues to use the space in many ways to promote a healthy mind, and nurture the soul. Project Coordinator: Katy Gagnon Janelle.