Global Gardens adds new site in north Tulsa

Students at Unity Learning Academy will soon begin their ‘seed-to-plate’ experience.



Members of Global Gardens’ after-school program at Unity Learning Academy presented plans for the school’s new gardens to teachers, students and parents at a “family dinner” on Dec. 18 at ULA.

Courtesy Global Gardens

Global Gardens, a nonprofit dedicated to empowering Tulsa students, is joining forces with its fifth school, Unity Learning Academy at 2137 N. Pittsburg Ave.

Global Gardens’ other school sites are Eugene Field Elementary School, Rosa Parks Elementary School, McAuliffe Elementary School and the Union 6th/7th Grade Center.

Three years ago, the owners of Darby Equipment Co. in north Tulsa planted the seed for an expansion to ULA and offered to match contributions made by other community members. “It was the incredible generosity of the Darby Family that really spearheaded the whole thing,” explains Maryann Donahue, executive director of Global Gardens.

For every school site, Global Gardens works with students in pre-K through seventh grade during and after school with the goal of having every student receive a “seed-to-plate” experience. Students plant seeds in the ground and tend the plants until harvest, when they cook dishes incorporating their crops. Ultimately, every class in the schools will have a class garden.

Global Gardens’ after-school program offers more advanced and independent gardening experiences for third- through sixth-grade students. Here, the students have the opportunity to care for their own individual gardens.

Global Gardens leaders say that offering these experiences stimulates students to learn more about health, science and the environment, and challenges them to become caring and forward-thinking.

In the words of Audrey Hepburn, “To plant a garden is to believe in tomorrow.”

 

Feb. 8 — GLOW

6:30 p.m. Spain Ranch, Jenks. A garden-to-table dining experience from award-winning chef Matthew McClure of the Hive Restaurant in the 21c Museum Hotel in Bentonville, Arkansas. Cocktail attire. $500, tickets; sponsorships available. Benefits Global Gardens. Visit globalgardensglow.org

 

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