The STEM Academy Garden
43 Highland Street
Date of Completion: Spring 2015
Number of Beds: 7
Key Funders: USDA’s Farm to School Grant
Garden Programming: FoodCorps: 8 hours every week
About The Project: The garden at the STEM Academy was the first of three school gardens built with funding from the USDA Farm to School Grant received by the Lowell Public School district. A motivated team of teachers, administration, and parents took precious time during their April vacation in 2015 to build 7 new raised beds that are used extensively in curriculum. The garden is a vital piece of every STEM Academy student’s day,with MCG’s FoodCorps Service Members helping teachers integrate the garden into their everyday curriculum. A strong partnership with Community Teamwork Initiative’s afterschool and summer school programming provides garden maintenance assistance and even more opportunity for students to experience their garden.