Living Classroom in Santa Rosa

Green Schoolyards America is proud to feature Living Schoolyard Month celebrations that were held in May across the state of California. If you celebrated and would like to be featured here, send photos and a brief description to info (at) greenschoolyards (dot) org.  —GSA

The Riebli School garden is more than learning about gardening. The garden and the standards based curriculum gives students and teachers a common thread that builds school-wide community, provides hands-on learning experiences, and nurtures school pride. The garden curriculum is diverse and covers all areas of study: nutrition, science, math, social studies, art and language arts. 

This year we celebrated our “Living Classroom” with a Spring Harvest Party serving over 500 students. This year’s menu included green salad with fresh herbs and nasturtiums, kale chips, lettuce veggie wraps, pea panzanella salad, green garden smoothies, strawberry and radish relish, and baby carrots. To conclude our celebration of the Living School Yard Month we invited Riebli families to a “Farm Stand” where the garden provided school families produce and recipes from the Harvest Party to take home and enjoy.

More information about John B. Riebli Charter School can be found here.

Contributed by Tina Thomas, Garden Coordinator, The Riebli School
Photos courtesy John B. Riebli Charter School

Santa Rosa, CA