The Cottage School is pleased to announce it has received a $500 grant from the Garden Club of Somerset Hills Community Grant Program. These funds will help expand The Cottage School Garden Program.
Students are engaged in caring for the garden through weeding, watering, and harvesting crops, and receive monthly gardening lessons on such topics as composting, seed saving, crop rotation, bee friendly plantings, and other aspects of organic gardening. a drying rack for drying and saving seeds and herbs and a drop irrigation system to maintain the garden during the summer months.
Founding Director of the Cottage School, Laura Soulages explains, “The children benefit immensely from The Cottage School Gardening Program, as it provides an outlet to foster inquiry about the love for the natural world. The program integrates health and wellness education by encouraging students to eat a healthy and balanced diet that incorporates fresh, organically grown fruits, vegetables and herbs. Extra plants are often divided and made available to the students to bring home, encouraging a dialogue about health and wellness between parents and children at home. Children are also taught the beneficial health aspects of good bacteria from the soil and the medicinal used of herbs, and the gardening program has helped the students experience a sense of community as they garden with their classmates.”
The Garden Club of Somerset Hills awards annual grants through a competitive application and review process. They provide funding for outstanding projects located in Somerset, Morris, Hunterdon and Essex Counties. They continue to be committed to helping preserve and protect natural resources, furthering horticulture projects, andencouraging an awareness and appreciation of the natural environment around us.