In October of 2009 Curie Metropolitan High School got its first garden club. Marie’s Garden Club, under the supervision of teachers Jennifer Patush, Marlene Gatan and Noah Swinney Stein consists of about 15 students. Below pictures of the school garden’s ground breaking and first work day. Two raised garden beds made from untreated cedar wood were built on this day by Greencorps Chicago, a green-collar job-training program Mayor Daley started in 1994, through a training program the teacher sponsors had to participate in so they could be eligible to funding and support. There are plans to expand the size of the garden as soon as they raise more funds.
Curie Metropolitan High School gets a School Garden
On this day members of Marie’s Garden Club helped fill the raised beds with compost provided by Greencorps Chicago. Once the raised beds had been filled with compost the students sowed carrots, cucumbers, cilantro and planted marigolds as companion plants. The seeds were not sown directly into the ground because of the possibility the soil could be contaminated, but in the ground they plan to add some plants and flowers that attract beneficial insects to their garden. There are also two compost bins that have been started by the garden club and two benches where students can sit in the shade.