E.A.T.S. (Evergreen Agricultural Testing Site) was established in 1998 by volunteer teachers. Six raised garden beds were built by sponsorship of local organizations and businesses. The Wrangell School District provided the space for the E.A.T.S. Garden Committee, and moved a greenhouse from the Middle School to the Elementary site. A grant was written by the volunteer teachers and awarded by NGA (National Gardening Association). This Youth Garden Grant provided supplies, equipment, and teaching resources for classrooms. Each year, the garden has been planted in the Spring and harvested in the Fall on a very low level, producing enough to make dishes in the classroom and for Open House/Other Events like Potato Soup, Cole Slaw, Potato Bread, and Pumpkin Cookies.
In 2014-15, the garden started taking on a whole new look and purpose. With a newly formed volunteer E.A.T.S. Garden Committee working with representatives from each school building, Food Service, Kids' Summer Gardening, and the community, needed steps were taken to revive the area. The Evergreen Elementary School Student Council was instrumental in allocating a shift of BoxTops funds to help the school garden, with hopes of funding a new greenhouse in the future*. In the meantime, students will continue to start plants in their classrooms in the Spring, plant before school is out for Summer, and harvest in the Fall, Kids' Gardening will be in charge of taking care of the school garden during the Summer months. Good things continue to happen!
An exciting opportunity arose during the 2017-2018 School Year. Americorps sent a 10 person team to Wrangell and the E.A.T.S. School Garden was invited to their project list. Thanks to the donations of Terri and Jack Pino, F/V Pacific Sea/Frank Warfel, Jr., Wrangell Teachers' Association, Dan Rohr, Breakaway Adventures, and Frank and Pat Warfel, new wood was purchased to build new beds to replace the beds sponsored in 1998. Americorps, Dan Rohr, and the E.A.T.S. Garden Committee have been instrumental in assisting with the bed renovation, as well as cleaning up and organizing the garden area.
In 2020, the greenhouse has been near completed thanks to the work of Josh Blatchley and Jason Haslip. We've been able to start growing in the greenhouse, have near all the new garden beds full of fresh soil, seaweed, and other good stuff, and are excited to be the proud new owners of an indoor tower garden thanks to a grant from our local WCA! We continue to make great strides in learning gardening techniques, especially thanks to "Grandma J" (Jeannette Anderson) who spends countless hours helping to keep the projects moving along. We are always looking for more helpers for the garden. Contact us and let's garden together!
Let's Get Growing!
If you have any questions or would like to get involved with the E.A.T.S. Garden Committee, please contact Jenn Miller at 874-2321, ext. 232.