Edible Acre I
The Edible Acre, is a 5,000 sq ft garden developed in 2009. The garden is located across the street from the front entrance of the school, on Dodge Ave. During the growing season, April-Nov, our garden supplies anywhere between 2200-3000 pounds of produce! We grow about 30 varieties throughout the course of a year including root crops, greens, herbs, lettuce, tomatoes, and even edible flowers.
The Greenhouse was taken over by the Nutrition Services program in 2014. Since then, we have harvested about 150 pounds of produce annually. During the summer, when the outdoor gardens are active, the Greenhouse grows the seedings for both Edible Acre Gardens and also the Edible Wall.
The ETHS Foundation awarded a grant for Greenhouse renovation that will begin in the Summer 2019. After the expansion, we estimate that our harvest will quadruple!
In 2015, 25 fruit trees were planted near the ETHS football field. There is a combination of asian pear trees and a variety of apple trees. We recently enjoyed our first harvest this past September!
In 2017, ETHS added a hydroponic grow wall to North Cafeteria. Items such as swiss chard and kale were harvested, for a total of 50 pounds. We hope to add 3 more of these to the same wall, to create the visual appearance that the entire wall is one large garden!
Edible Acre II
During the Summer of 2019, ETHS began the process of adding 14 raised beds creating an additional 900 sq ft of growing space! This garden is located on Church street, right near the ETHS football field. This area will supply all of the romaine for every student salad until November!
In the Fall of 2019, 4 tower gardens were added to our local program. We will begin incorporating our harvest into the program this fall. These towers will focus on herbs, with focus on basil so we can create our students favorite pesto sauce!