By Celis Brisbin, Programs Manager
In partnership with staff from NELSON and thanks to a mini grant sponsorship from TOTO, Boston Latin Academy was able to design and build a large terraced garden in front of their school in celebration of Green Apple Day of Service. Last year two garden beds were installed along the side walk in front of the school to grow vegetables and annuals but this new bed is more extensive and exciting to students because it will allow them to plant perennials, such as strawberries, and expand the school garden to include more fruit and vegetable production.
The BLA greenhouse club works hard throughout the year to promote sustainable agriculture and locally farmed produce, and this garden bed is a visible and exciting addition to the club’s efforts and is something the whole community will watch “grow”. The greenhouse club will be responsible for maintaining the new garden space and they will continue to raise funds to support the program through their successful annual spring plant sale – a huge hit for BLA community members who want to grow their own vegetables. Thanks to our partners and volunteers on the Green Apple Day of Service, BLA students will now have a large enough garden bed to plant their own fruits and vegetables and see their aspirations literally come to fruition on the front steps of the school!