E.A.T.S. (Evergreen Agricultural Testing Site) was established in 1998 by volunteer teachers. Six raised garden beds were built by sponsorship of local organizations and businesses. The Wrangell School District provided the space for the E.A.T.S. Garden Committee, and moved a greenhouse from the Middle School to the Elementary site. A grant was written by the volunteer teachers and awarded by NGA (National Gardening Association). This Youth Garden Grant provided supplies, equipment, and teaching resources for classrooms. Each year, the garden has been planted in the Spring and harvested in the Fall on a very low level, producing enough to make dishes in the classroom and for Open House/Other Events like Potato Soup, Cole Slaw, Potato Bread, and Pumpkin Cookies.
Now in 2014-15, the garden is taking on a whole new look and purpose. With a newly formulated volunteer E.A.T.S. Garden Committee working with representatives from each school building, Food Service, Kids' Summer Gardening, and the community, we have taken needed steps to prepare the area. The Evergreen Elementary School Student Council has been instrumental in allocating a shift of BoxTops funds to help the school garden, with hopes of funding a new greenhouse in the future*. In the meantime, students will continue to start plants in their classrooms in the Spring, plant before school is out for Summer, and harvest in the Fall, Kids' Gardening will be in charge of taking care of the school garden during the Summer months. Good things are happening! Let's Get Growing!
If you have any questions or would like to get involved with the E.A.T.S. Garden Committee, please contact Jenn Miller at 874-2321, ext. 232.
*As of Fall 2015, the new greenhouse is happening, thanks to a partnership with Wrangell Fabrication. More details to follow in Spring of 2016.