5 Little Preschools With Big Gardens

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Colors, numbers, and ABC’s are all very well, but you’ve got different priorities for a preschool curriculum. You want your kid learning important life skills, like gardening. Because how else will your family prepare for the food apocalypse?

Luckily, you don’t have to move to a yurt in rural Idaho to teach your kid where veggies come from. These intown preschools offer ample opportunity to plant, dig, harvest and even cook, right here in the heart of the city.

Turning Sun

Turning Sun kids are in the gardens every day, and there are a variety of gardens to choose from nestled in the woods of their 12-acre campus. They’ve got everything from a sensory/tea garden (featuring plants chosen for textures, smells and tea-making ability) to a pizza garden (and yes, the kids make pizza). Snacks are regularly supplemented from the gardens, and taste tests are encouraged. Stay tuned for the East Lake campus scheduled to open August 2013.

Turning Sun

2676 Clairmont Rd.

Atlanta, GA

404-907-3012

Turning-Sun

Harvest Montessori

Harvest’s tagline is “an urban farm school,” and this school is serious about farming. Gardening is a daily activity, and kids don’t just help; they plant, harvest, eat and even sell the produce they grow. Yes, we’re still talking about preschoolers.

Harvest Montessori

1600 Eastland Rd. SE

Atlanta, Ga

678-769-1261

Grant Park Cooperative Preschool

Lack of space was no barrier when this Reggio Emilia-based preschool wanted a place for kids to garden. The church building where the preschool rents space has no green space, so the director volunteered her own backyard. Recently, the garden’s been moved to a sunnier spot, with help from rental goats that ate back the kudzu. In the works: a meal program, resident goats, a chicken coop, and weekly trips to a local CSA.

Grant Park Cooperative Preschool

501 Grant Park St. SE

Atlanta, Ga

4040-521-0440

The Language Garden

Best known as a Spanish immersion preschool, the Language Garden also shares space with Oakleaf Mennonite Farm, which boasts six acres of vegetables, a regular booth at nearby farmer’s markets, and a CSA. Kids here get their hands dirty planting potatoes and harvesting radishes, and they take a daily hike across the farm to feed the chickens. Um, make that the pollos.

The Language Garden

1088 Bouldercrest Dr. SE

Atlanta, Ga

404-580-5976

Language-Garden

Little Linguists International

Little Linguists kids visit the garden weekly at least and their “seed to table” curriculum centers on connecting children with their food supply. Here, gardening is as much academic as it is nutritious. The garden is a centerpiece for learning, with lessons like counting and measuring worms or studying the life cycle of butterflies. Lunches are prepared by the school chef and often include ingredients from the garden.

Little Linguists International

1460 E. Cleveland Ave.

East Point, Ga

4040-768-2111

little-linguist

Where does your little sprout like the dig in the dirt? Tell us in the comments section below!

–Lisa Baker

Photos courtesy of Turning Sun via Brooke Horner, Little Linguists via Raquel Paulino, and Language Garden via Lisa Baker