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The Science Behind Soil

As part of the process of winterizing their new school garden, students in the Garden Squad at Our Lady of Mount Carmel in Asbury Park were able to meet with soil scientists who came out to test the soil in their new garden space and talk to the students about environmental studies and science related jobs and careers tied to healthy food and living habits.  In true Project U.S.E. fashion, the students had plenty of hands-on learning opportunities, including a live demo to learn about the different layers of soil and seeing how the soil testing gun used by the scientists works – who says you can’t have fun getting your hands dirty??

With a year of experience under their belts, the students started planning their garden layout for 2019, including thinking about the new fruits, vegetables, and herbs that they would like to include.  Each student had a chance to sketch out their “dream plan” for the garden, including listing each of the things they would like to see planted – a few of their sketches are featured above. With the 2018 program year coming to a close, we are excited to share final reflections, information about our program impact, and exciting plans for the garden in 2019 in our final blog post – stay tuned for that final entry!

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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.