NEIGHBORHOOD IMPROVEMENT SERVICES, EPA, AND EASTWAY ELEMENTARY

Eastway Elementary School partnered with teh EPA and City of Durham NIS to educate students regarding plants, plant life cycles, plant habitats, soil and gardening. The project utilize and expanded on gardens already located at the school. Volunteersprovided instruction to elementary students through indoor and outdoor classes. Volunteers provided hands-on instruction regarding how to: plant and grow vegetables and herbs; maintain a proper growing environment; fertilize correctly; identify and respond to pests and other threats to gardens; and techniques of proper harvesting. The students will consume the produce they grow. The project will be sustainable through-out the year by ongoing support from students, their families and volunteers. The garden can support vegetables and herbs in the summer, spring and fall seasons. For the summer when is school is not in session students and their families will continue to work on the gardens in exchange for the vegetable and herbs produced.