Friday, June 8, 2012

Baker Butterflies | Investing In You Contest


Healthy Baker, a non-profit 501c3 organization focused on ensuring optimal quality of life for the people of Baker County, partners with Macclenny Elementary School to provide a garden for the students. Four classrooms grow seven raised garden beds during their school year. These organic gardens are tended by the students to instill healthy lifestyle habits. By growing vegetables such as carrots, broccoli, cabbage, greens, peas, beans and tomatoes, students are encouraged to consume them. Teachers promote experimentation of new foods by preparing dishes with the produce from the garden.

In order to expand knowledge beyond the gardens, Healthy Baker intends to establish a school butterfly garden. The butterfly garden will provide students with hands-on opportunities to expound on what they learn in the classroom. This includes nature observation, life cycles and environmental dependence. The garden will attract butterflies and bees too, which are a key link in pollinating plants. Ultimately, it will promote the life cycle of plants and their interaction with nature since plants and insects need each other to survive. The butterfly garden will be secluded and will include tall shrubs and flowers to attract butterflies, a paved pathway, solar fountain, and benches. Funding obtained from the Community First Foundation will allow for the implementation of the butterfly garden for children to experience a magical, natural habitat.