The Kemper Elementary School Garden was established in 2012 by two teachers at the school who were interested in utilizing an outdoor learning space to enhance their classroom lessons. In 2015, MSTFP partnered with the school, formed a garden committee, began providing the services of a part-time garden coordinator and funding for supplies to expand both the current program and the outdoor classroom.
Projects completed the first year include adding perennial crops, new irrigation systems, benches, tool shed storage, a shade pergola, an adobe oven, and a triple basin sink. These projects were made possible with the help of numerous dedicated community volunteers, an AmeriCorps NCCC team, and generous local material donations.
Additionally, a partnership with the Montezuma Orchard Restoration Project led to the installation of a heritage orchard on the school grounds.
Students and teachers at Kemper have access to MSTFP curriculum through monthly classes with AmeriCorps School Garden Coordinators. Other community partners, including the Pinon Project, utilize the space in the summer and after school hours.
Come visit the Kemper school garden!
Kemper in the news!
Kemper Students returned to the White House Kitchen Garden in June to harvest and cook alongside Michelle Obama.