With seven garden beds, a circular seating area, two picnic tables, a garden shed, composters, irrigation and white boards, our Outdoor Classroom and Garden (located next to the District Office, behind the covered play area) is a bountiful outdoor education area used by the whole school for studies in a variety of core subjects. Students come to plant, explore, learn and touch in myriad lessons taking place throughout the garden cycles.

To read more about the school’s garden program, check out the the district website page: Outdoor Classroom & Garden

RGS Garden Update – November, 2020

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It’s been quiet for the Riverdale Garden.  After the smoke and fires forced an early dormancy on the food crops, all that was left to do was to clear them out and put the beds to sleep for the winter.  

Just like in the rest of our lives during COVID, I look forward to a Spring of new growth and possibilities.  While I’m not tending the garden directly during the Fall and Winter, I am working hard behind the scenes with planning crops for next year, ordering seeds, taking inventory, raising money to support the program and figuring out what the future might look like in 2021.  Thanks for your continued support and wish you all healthy and well.  

Michelle Greissinger

RGS Garden Update – Fall 2020

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Since I last saw you all the garden has also had lots of changes due to COVID19.   

No students in the garden meant the back beds were left to go wild, while the front beds grew beautiful tomatoes, squashes, corn, and cucumbers.    Stop by and grab a tomato, but please let the squash and melons continue to grow. 

As we transition into the new school year there are quite a few things needed in the garden too:

Tools— almost all of our tools were taken while school was closed.  We need shovels, rakes, loppers, to name a few. 

Adult volunteers— I would love to find a parent or community member who is an experienced flower gardener who wants to take on reclaiming and maintaining the rock border wall around the learning garden. 

Plants, seeds, cash donations— we need seeds and plants for the fall, winter, and spring. (Food, herbs and flowers).   Gift cards at nurseries are great—we stay local as much as possible, so a donation of a gift card from your favorite local nursery would be a special student, business and garden support during these strange times!

Email gardenrgs@gmail.com if you have any items to donate or to get in touch about being a special adult volunteer.   Also feel free to have students send garden stories or questions of their own to our own master gardener.

Happy Gardening!
Michelle Greissinger

Tools needed in the garden!

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While the garden has grown over the summer the tool supply has sadly shrunk! We have so many students in the garden doing hard work this year, and not enough tools for them, and are hoping some parents or community members have some lying around to donate to us. Particular needs are:

  • rakes (metal or reed-type)
  • shovels (2-3)
  • hoes (2-3)
  • hand clippers (5-7)
  • loppers (3-5)

Email Michelle Greissinger to connect to do a donation.

Please feel free to donate whatever additional tools you think might be helpful!