Chair: Stan Suring & Marion Kanack
The Ozaukee Master Gardener organization first became involved in this project in the fall of 2012 when a parent of a child enrolled in Webster Middle School made a request to the OMG organization asking for the assistance of some OMG volunteers to work with the students to reclaim a garden plot behind the school that had been unused for a number of years.
Three OMG volunteers signed up for this project and began to help the students clean out the overgrown beds and prepare them for planting the next Spring. During the fall and winter months inside activities as well as some field trips (using some of the funds contributed by OMG) including a bus trip to Growing Power in Milwaukee, Wellspring in Newberg, and a trip to a Christmas Tree farm in Cedarburg.
In the Spring of 2013 ten of the beds were planted with vegetables as suggested by Ozaukee Family Sharing as that organization was selected that year as the recipient of the harvested produce for distribution to families in need in Ozaukee County. The remaining bed was planted as a “Pizza Garden” which the students harvested in the Fall as used as the ingredients in pizza’s that the students put together in the school kitchen.
The second year of involvement of the OMG began in the late Fall of 2013 with the students learning how to construct a compost bin from used pallets and preparing the beds for winter by planting them with winter wheat as a cover crop. That Winter the students renamed their club the “Green Team” and began to do a series of “Show and Tells” for their fellow students on such topics as recycling as well as using raw and roasted veggies as healthful snacks. The meetings during the late Fall and Winter covered such topics as plant cloning, hydroponics and seed germination.
Watch our slide show to see our team!