Growing Minds Garden
With the launch of a comprehensive farm-to-school initiative in the fall of 2013, Serendipity has broken ground on a school garden that is nearly a half-acre in size and devoted to horticultural therapy, science education and organic vegetable production (the Growing Minds Garden). Under the guidance of a full-time garden coordinator, students study the life and earth sciences as well as organic growing practice through an inquiry-based, hands-on, service-learning approach. The produce grown is incorporated into meals served in the school’s dining room as well as prepared by students in the life-skills room and brought home to share with their families. Additionally portions of the garden have been designed to encourage quiet reflection, and are conducive to coaching, problem solving and horticultural therapy exercises.