MINNEAPOLIS (Oct. 22, 2014) — Anthony Middle School students, with the support of Pizzeria Lola, will harvest the last of their pizza garden produce, dig into learning and taste some of their end product this Friday during their end-of-season celebration.
Eighth-grade students will rotate through four learning stations for the event: gardening 101 with Diana Straate from the U of M Master Gardener Extension Program, bee education and live bee lab with Erin Rupp from The Beez Kneez, stained-glass stepping stone pavers with Mai Chang Vue, Anthony’s principal, and harvesting and planting with Daniel Magnuson, Anthony teacher and pizza-garden mastermind. Anthony Middle School students end-of-season pizza garden harvest extravaganza, Oct. 24, 10 a.m., at Anthony Middle School, 5757 Irving Ave.
Ann Kim, co-owner of Pizzeria Lola, will serve students her fall dish of roasted Brussels sprouts with cheese and bacon.
Anthony students have been watering and weeding the garden throughout this school year. Most recently they have been harvesting its pizza-topping ingredients and boarding a bus every other week to deliver their produce to Pizzeria Lola. This Friday will be their last harvest for the pizzeria and will be primarily squash for the restaurant’s butternut squash pizza and Brussels sprouts. They also will plant garlic for next season.
The hands-on project is intended to help students make real-world science, math and literacy connections through gardening. One of the books participating students have read is “Seedfolks,” a story about an urban community garden and its impact on the people who live near it. The garden also is used to help build social and behavioral skills through cooperative group and partner activities. In addition, it is a platform for observation, questioning, data collection and experiments.
The pizza-shaped garden was built this past spring by students, families and teacher volunteers with a $2,900 donation from Pizzeria Lola. Students planted and harvested kale, herbs, peppers, eggplant, beets, summer squash, basil, onions, napa cabbage, dwarf choy sum, pak choy and 10 different tomato varieties.
From Oct. 24-31, Pizzeria Lola will donate 25 percent of what diners’ spend to the garden project. The school hopes to raise $1,500 to fund schoolwide seed growing activities, materials for plant experiments, student research projects and a composting center.
Minneapolis Public Schools promises an inspirational education experience in a safe, welcoming environment for all diverse learners to acquire the tools and skills necessary to confidently engage in the global community. For more information, visit www.mpls.k12.mn.us.