Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Two "Green" Thumbs Up to the Gardeners at Biltmore Elementary School

from Duval County Public Schools "Spotlight on Education"
More than 25 Biltmore Elementary Junior Master Gardeners (JMG) are being recognized as the National Junior Master Gardeners of the Month. 

The Biltmore Elementary Junior Master Gardeners club is led by two fifth-grade students and one fourth-grade student, and is advised by Mr. Steve Mendenhall, a teacher and lead gardener at Biltmore. The student gardeners learn about plants, growing food and serving their community. The club holds weekly meetings to discuss their studies and projects.

Recently, Biltmore's JMG club mulched the school garden, cleaned up pine cones and recycled them. 

"Our JMG group is a model group for the county as well as the state of Florida," said Mr. Mendenhall. "I have even been asked by the St. Lucie County school district to share with them our JMG program." 

In the upcoming weeks, students plan to expand the current school garden by using plot maps and building window gardens. The gardeners hope to grow enough vegetables for students to take home to their families. The mission of JMG is to grow good kids by igniting a passion for learning, success and service through a unique gardening education. 

Congratulations to Biltmore Elementary on this great achievement. Keep up the good work! For more information about the Junior Master Gardeners program, click here.