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Onwards and Upwards – Garden Expansion and Improved Curriculum for 2019

We are really excited to get year two of our program underway in Asbury Park!  As the majority of students are already walking to and from school at Our Lady of Mount Carmel in Asbury Park; we will continue to encourage expanding the number of students walking and cycling to school but our main focus will be on expanding the new school garden, and incorporating nutrition and healthy food choices into the school culture and activities.
Our plan is to expand the amount of raised beds in our garden and plant both salad and pizza beds.   We want to make access to healthy food for the school community both fun and functional.  We will be working with the school kitchen staff to create memorable easy meals from what we harvest from our garden.  Our plan for the Spring will also be to create a pollinator garden that will attract pollinators to the garden and a connection to the curriculum that the teachers will be incorporating into their classrooms.
Last year our curriculum included having students learn about what a carbon foot print is and the impact we have on the environment through our actions and food choices.  This year we be creating a carbon friendly garden.  As we continue to expand and beautify the school garden the students will create planters from recycled materials to combine learning about sustainability and having the students invested in the upkeep and aesthetics of their garden.

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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.