The St. Isidore Project is an outdoor life lab consisting of nine organic garden beds. The planting, growing, and harvesting of crops in the beds, will be integrated into all core subjects through various, grade-appropriate lessons.
In addition, the beds will provide an opportunity to incorporate the concepts of science, technology, engineering and math.
The first crops of the St. Isidore project were established in April and blessed by Fr. Matt for good measure. Tomatoes, potatoes, green beans, eggplant, peppers, cucumbers, and a myriad of herbs were planted. This summer, a volunteer group of students and their families have been maintaining the gardens. In the fall, a garden club for the ongoing maintenance and harvest of the beds, will be developed. So far, it’s been very exciting to see the gardens come to life!
After harvesting, the intent is to sell the St. Isidore Project crops to the School Food Service Program. In-turn, the fruits and vegetables will be used as ingredients for the home-cooked meals which are served to students through the Lunch Program. In the future, the hope is to harvest enough fruits and vegetables to be able to donate a portion to the Lord’s Diner. Perhaps, parishioners will even be given the opportunity to buy the harvested fruits and vegetables after mass or participate in an organic cooking class which makes use of the harvest. The possibilities are endless!
St. Isidore would surely be pleased that our children will learn to be good stewards of God’s beautiful creation and to live a clean, safe, and healthy life as He intended through this project.