Taylor Elementary Students Recognize Bountiful Burleson Program Supporters

Program enables students to grow vegetables in garden towers in the classroom  

 

BURLESON, Texas – (April 26, 2018) – Second grade students at Taylor Elementary School in the Burleson Independent School District (BISD) recognized supporters of the Bountiful Burleson program at a special presentation Tuesday. Through the Bountiful Burleson program, students grow vegetables and herbs on garden towers in the classroom, then host weekly taste tests to evaluate the taste and success of their crop.  

Students recognized these local businesses, organizations and Burleson ISD groups for their support:

  • Johnson County Alliance for Healthy Kids by Cook Children’s Hospital donated equipment for several garden towers.
  • Mike’s Garden Center provided plants and potting soil for the garden towers.
  • Texas Health Huguley Hospital donated $2,000 to aid in supplies.
  • Burleson Area Mid-day Rotary Club donated $3,000 through a matching grant program with Rotary International.
  • BISD Food Service prepares special meals each Friday. Students taste the foods and take brief, anonymous food surveys to evaluate how their food choices are evolving.
  • Girls Scouts of Northeast Texas approved this program as a Girl Scout Gold Award Project. Burleson High School student and Girl Scout Ambassador Rebecca Bender Jutzi is leading students on this project.

“By growing their own food, students are bringing real-world elements into the classroom to learn about agriculture, biology, horticulture, and nutrition,” said BISD Superintendent Dr. Bret Jimerson. “As a result, students take a deeper look into understanding the nutritional value of what they eat.”

Students are growing carrots, radish, lettuce, spinach, cherry tomatoes, cucumbers, broccoli, jalapeños and beans. Herbs including cilantro, sage, basil, paprika, rosemary, parsley and chives are also arranged in the towers. Taylor Principal Ryan Timm noticed that the interest and excitement of growing food is spreading across campus.

“We were interested in a project that would champion students’ healthy food choices, and we’re seeing more students interested in science and wanting to grow their own food,” added Timm. “We appreciate the community for their support in bringing this program to Taylor.”

Each Garden Tower is a sustainable food source, allowing 50 plants in 6 cubic feet of potting soil to grow vegetables and herbs. The continuous compost column in the middle of the tower provides steady moisture and temperature to the soil. Water runoff is collected at the bottom of each tower and recycled to water the Garden Tower. These features contribute to an ideal growing habitat where students learn to grow their own food.  

“Students who grow their own food in a sustainable manner by recycling food scraps and conserving water realize that they are having a positive impact on their environment, the community and the planet,” stated Dr. Leslie Bender Jutzi, BISD Chief Academic Innovation Officer. “They begin to explore other foods and growing techniques. As BISD, student families, and our community nurture these important interests, they will help students prepare the foundation necessary for successful careers in agriculture, biology, horticulture, nutrition and other STEM industries.”

Click here for more information on the Bountiful Burleson Garden Tower Project.  

 

ABOUT BURLESON ISD:

Burleson Independent School District serves more than 12,000 students at 17 schools, and is recognized as a premier school district in the Dallas/Fort Worth-area. The mission of Burleson Independent School District is to engage and support every learner with a rigorous curriculum so that they graduate college and career ready.

 

MEDIA CONTACTS:

Mikala Hill or Katelyn Tyler

Burleson ISD Communications

817-245-1131

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