Project Title: BES Landscaping Company
School: Bunnell Elementary
Teachers: Cathie Zanella (project leader), Danielle Burton, Jamie Lambert, Lindsey Pritt, Andrea Towery
Bunnell Elementary and business partner, Austin Outdoors, earned statewide recognition by creating their own Native Florida Garden Habitat with funds from the Foundation’s Innovations Mini Grant Program. The garden is an addition to an existing outdoor classroom that includes a greenhouse, hydroponic and traditional vegetable gardens. The entire school is focused “Green Technologies,” one of seven targeted growth industries for Flagler County that are included in school district’s “Classroom to Careers” Flagship school initiative.
In late May, Florida Commissioner of Agriculture Adam H. Putnam announced Bunnell Elementary’s garden as a Golden Shovel winner for “Best Revitalized Garden.” Schools awarded in this category must have revitalized either a dormant garden or a garden that has shown improvement following a revitalization. In a release, Commissioner Putnam says “school gardens bring the classroom outside and allow students to gain a hands-on understanding of where their food comes from.”
At Bunnell Elementary, the outdoor classroom does that and so much more!