Westlake School

Lawn to Food Movement at Westlake

Westlake staff and students have expanded their efforts to help nurture the school environment and horticulture program by planting 100 daffodil bulbs donated by supportive Westfield based businesses, Williams Nursery and Bartell Farm and Garden Supply.  Through a grant from the UCESF, the 120 square foot greenhouse on premises is being refurbished to sustain organically grown vegetable and herb seedlings.  Community partner, Statewide Fence of Garwood, recently installed fencing to protect the raised bed vegetable gardens.  The gardens help to increase awareness of healthy eating habits that are incorporated into the food science class curriculum.  In addition, a sensory cutting garden of flowers and herbs are grown to be shared with the residents of Runnells Hospital where students volunteer their time.  It is important for our students to reach beyond themselves by doing something positive for someone else.  Students rise above their own challenges for the benefit of enhancing their school grounds through the “lawn to food” movement in an effort to balance our local ecosystem.  Student artwork adorns the fenced in area as well as the 50 gallon rain barrel which will conserve water by capturing rainfall. 

For further information about Westlake School, please contact Claudine Tantillo, Principal, at (908) 232-4181 Ext. 405

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