The Garden Project

An integral component of our core curriculum, the garden project presents a hands-on educational tool focused on the principles of sustainability and permaculture.  Students participate in each component of the process from composting their food scraps to tasting fresh vegetables from the garden.  We see how each aspect of this cycle is interconnected within the entire process.  This provides instructors valuable teaching and discussion points to draw connections to where our food comes from and the implications of the choices we make when shopping for food.


The composting program provides a great example of “No Waste In Nature”.  Students see how we take waste that might otherwise wind up in the landfill and create compost, a beneficial resource we use to grow plants in our garden.  This discussion is expanded to consider other ways to reduce, reuse and recycle as an alternatives to filling our landfill.

The Garden

Composting efforts at Howlands Landing provide a large supply of nutrient rich and fertile soil for plants in the nursery and garden beds.  Students help maintain the garden through a variety of projects including:  transplanting, weeding, amending beds, and other projects necessary in the up keep of a productive garden.


Our garden project follows the principles of permaculture, which encourage sustainable land-use techniques such as companion planting, efficient space- use, terracing, mulching, and composting.  Creativity and resourcefulness are demonstrated through the use of salvaged and re-purposed materials, helping to make our garden both unique and sustainable.

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