Beatrice’s Garden is Under Way

Beatrice PACERS Chapter is up and working on their garden!

Garden site picked.  Soil samples taken.  Soil samples back.  First officers and Board meeting on Feb.7th Budget set.  Lime for soil awaiting  dry condition for spreading and soil prep. First Community meeting was held at Beatrice Elementary Jan. 11,  Successful.  Second Org. meeting was held  Feb. 2.  Board and Officers budget meeting Feb. 7. Successful.  The work continues.

Beatrice Elementary School
Principal, Carol R. Brown

Beatrice PACERS Chapter
President, Freddie C. Howard

(This report was submitted by Freddie Howard)

Why Gardens?

There are several reasons that this project was started—they are listed below and I hope that you will add to that list other reasons that your community and school are participating. 

  • Research shows that students who garden are more interested in school and make better grades.
  • PACERS believes that science is best learned by students doing the work of scientists which includes our aquaculture, solar, and gardening programs.  There is a lot of science and math to be learned from gardening—that is why we are emphasizing the lesson plans.
  • Community/school gardens are proven to make stronger connections between schools and communities and can serve as a means for enhancing community life and well-being.
  • Community gardens can help meet local food needs and can become the basis for entrepreneurship as well.

Gardens – 2011 Conference Details

There will be a session on the project at the PACERS Annual Conference (April 22 at Camp Hill) and a chance to visit the excellent garden started last year by the Camp Hill Chapter.  There is a lot to learn from what they have done.

Garden Test Post – Prep Work in Camp Hill

This is a test post. It may be that there is prep work in Camp Hill. They might be tilling and fertilizing as well as having community meetings to organize their efforts for the coming spring plant this year. Members might include Jean Mosley among others.