The Littleton Elementary School District is repurposing wooden pallets into benches and flower pots used in the district’s gardens.
Littleton Elementary School’s garden has two benches with another bench located outside of the district office.
And the Fine Arts Academy is the last of the seven schools building its garden, taking the initiative to involve the students in the process.
“The purpose of the benches is to give back to the students,” said Anabel Rubio, general manager of food services. “It gives them a space to sit, meditate and enjoy the garden.”
The Fine Arts Academy began a garden club where students have hands-on experience in the development of the garden, including the creation of blueprints, landscaping, design and harvesting.
The gardens make learning about the growth of fruits and vegetable fun, which opens the students up to implementing more of the food group into their diet.
In addition to the gardens, each school has an on-site compost machine called Ecovim. It’s a food waste dehydration system that holds 60 pounds of food waste.
Each kitchen’s staff takes the daily food waste, adds it to the machine and turns it on. When employees return in the morning food has been turned into compost.
The compost has been used in the district’s gardens and is available to all staff at the district. Extra compost is donated to nonprofit Tiger Mountain Foundation.
The gardens are not yet certified or equipped to serve back to the school’s dining halls but are on the road to certification.
“It is a long-term goal of outs to become certified,” Rubio said.