Posted March 8, 2012
Almaden Country School was chosen as 1 of 10 schools in the United States for the Seeds for Schools program administered by Burlington, N.J.-based Seeds of the Month Club retailer, Mike the Gardener Enterprises.
The application, submitted by Almaden science teacher Barbara DeMoss, was to receive a grant for three years worth of seeds for the school’s gardening program.
“As I find children excited about the garden, I find that there are many children who are not connected to the outdoors but would love to be,” says Ms. DeMoss. “There are children who ask to come and work in the garden during their lunch and take pride in their hard work in our outdoor classroom.”
As one of the chosen 10, ACsschool gardening program will receive four packs of vegetable, fruit and/or herb seeds every month for three years. Seed varieties will vary and that makes Ms. DeMoss excited as it will expose her students to growing a lot of different things.
“We are happy that we can be a part of Almaden’s school gardening program,” said Mike the Gardener owner Michael C. Podlesny. “The seeds they will receive will be such a wide variety that each student’s gardening skills will be greatly enhanced by learning so much. With Ms. DeMoss’s passion for gardening and teaching, we are sure that the kids will absolutely love growing fresh fruits, vegetables and herbs from the seeds they receive.”
Almaden will begin to receive their first seeds in March, just in time for the upcoming spring season.
This was featured in the San Jose Mercury News on March 1, 2012.