Oliver P. Lent School has a phenomenal new garden!
Thanks to all the community and school volunteers that spent their Saturday cutting boards, drilling holes, and hauling soil, there are 8 3ft x 8ft raised beds in the schoolyard of Lent, our newest partner school. We couldn’t have done it without volunteer muscle and generous in-kind donors: Recology donated the soil, and Daniel Edwards donated his time and skill to design the garden.
With the help of a $5,000 grant from the East Multnomah Soil and Water Conservation District, Lent is going to install phase 2 of the garden this spring: This will include the addition of native plants and a bioswale/wetland habitat, and there are preparations in the works for a new shed.
There is a lot more planned for the future, like expanding the garden to include beds for community use and adding a space for school and community events.
Teachers, staff, and administrators are overjoyed about the opportunities the garden will open up for their students. Spanish immersion teacher and garden coordinator Jesse Hunter and some of his colleagues have been using a temporary garden space for the past year, but the 8 conveniently located new beds will make it possible for many more teachers to make garden education part of their everyday curriculum.
Lent anticipates integrating gardening into science, math, and language arts classes during the school day. 15 students in grades 1 & 2 will continue to tend the beds and learn gardening and nutrition skills in the SUN/Youth Grow after school garden club. Come by 5015 SE 97th Ave to check out the new space and see what’s growing!
Photos by Jess Polledri and Jesse Hunter