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Closing Out the Growing Season

With winter and cold weather approaching, the students at Our Lady of Mount Carmel spent time with Project U.S.E. instructors prepping and winterizing their garden.  The students finished harvesting herbs and vegetables, clearing out the garden beds, and also took on one additional special task to decorate the new garden space.

To celebrate the end of their first year with the newly created garden space, the students worked to design and decorate a custom painted picnic table.  They got to create the design, help sketch and outline the design for painting, and then finally work as a team to paint and decorate the new table with their custom design in their school colors.

Heading into 2019, the students will be able to reflect on their first year experience in planning and working in their new garden, and come up with new exciting ideas for planting and harvesting new herbs and vegetables, additional ways to get more students and community members involved in maintaining and expanding the garden, and incorporating the fresh produce into events and school initiatives around healthy eating!


About the Grantee

Project U.S.E.

Project U.S.E. is an experiential education organization based in Newark, New Jersey with over 40 years of experience providing hands-on learning experiences for groups of all ages and backgrounds. Project U.S.E. provides diverse programming, including school and community gardening, professional development workshops, and outdoor education programs at our Wildcat Mountain Wilderness Center.