The GTC Grant is Sponsored by:
Teton Valley Community School
In 2006, in partnership with Full Circle Education, the Teton Valley Community School developed a highly successful Farm and Garden Program that is integrated into the daily curriculum. The program emphasizes hands on education in organic gardening, farm animal care, cooking, composting, and produce sales. The goal of the Farm and Garden Program is to serve the greater community by providing a local example of seed to plate education, technical assistance, and a written curriculum to schools wanting to start their own programs.
Students integrate classroom goals with the needs of the garden. For example, students were asked to write a business plan for an egg selling business in which they were challenged to make enough money to cover the cost of the chickens' organic feed.
The harvest in the Spring is bountiful. It includes a variety of plants including sunflowers, bachelor's button, bee flowers, collard greens, lettuce, arugula, spinach, swiss chard, Asian greens, orach, claytonia, cabbage, kale, celery, dill, pole bans, bush beans, zucchini, beets, carrots, garlic, onions, and many more! Once harvested, students participate in an annual Harvest Luncheon, for which students prepare foods with the ingredients found in the garden.