Our Killip Garden and Garden Club
Garden and Nutrition Education
The Killip garden has become an integral part of developing STEM at Killip. The garden has grown to be an excellent channel for hands-on project-based learning with the efforts of Killip staff and community partners.
The garden is utilized within every classroom on campus in a way that supports the curriculum and statewide standards. Our fourth graders learn about the scientific method by growing Mystery Herbs and deducing which herb they have. Our second graders plant and take care of beans when they read Jack and the Beanstalk as part of their folktales unit. Fifth graders create vermicomposting bins and learn about all the factors that need to be included in a habitat as part of their science unit.
Aligning the garden curriculum with the academic standards allows garden time not to take away from academic time while still teaching students how to grow and prepare their own food in a sustainable, safe, and financially responsible way that will have benefits throughout their lives.
Garden Club times during the regular school year:
After-School Garden Club for 1st-2nd graders is Tuesday from 4:30-5:30 pm
After-School Garden Club for 3rd-5th graders is Thursday from 4:30-5:30 pm
Our after-school garden club consists of students who wish to understand the gardening process from seed to table. They learn basic planting techniques and how to care for the plants in our community garden successfully. Students also learn how to harvest, prepare, and cook what they grow and share them with the Killip Community.
We are always looking for more help and volunteers from the community in the garden! During the growing season, the garden is open to the community to plant, maintain, and harvest. Community garden hours are every Friday from 12:30 - 1:30 pm. It is also possible to set up other times as needed. Please contact our garden coordinator, Sarah Mason, or STEM coordinator, Sheryl Wells, if you are interested in getting involved.
Every Friday, beginning at 11:15 until supplies run out, families come by the front lawn of Killip to pick up FREE fresh produce. This produce is provided as a project of the Killip Garden in conjunction with the Flagstaff Family Food Center. Look for the fantastic Vegetable Stand made by the 2019-2020 first graders during their farm to table STEM unit.
Fall- Harvest Festival is a celebration of all things regarding local food. The event features tours of the Killip Garden, food booths from local restaurants, games run by Killip staff, and activities from the Arboretum, Refugia Gardens, the YMCA, and so much more.
Winter- Winter Food Pantry is an opportunity for us at Killip to make sure our families have food over the extended school closure for Winter Break. One of our Killip classrooms is turned into a FREE grocery store featuring fresh produce, canned goods, boxed goods, and snacks. All food is collected through a series of food drives hosted by local businesses around Flagstaff.
Spring- Cesar Chavez Day is a community service day where families, community groups, local businesses, and, of course, all of our students, come together to make improvements to our school grounds, including our pond and garden. Volunteers prepare areas for planting. Each year, the projects are chosen by students and executed by teams of individuals from all backgrounds led by our AmeriCorps STEM VISTA member, Garden Coordinator, and other STEM staff.
Garden and Nutrition Educator
AmeriCorps Service Member
(928) 773-4080 ext 2440
(928) 773-4080 ext 2426