Holy Angels Gardeners Harvest Crops for Local Food Bank

August, 2015 


August 12, 2015: Academy of the Holy Angels might be closed for the summer months but the students have still been busy tending to their new vegetable garden planted this past spring as a part of the school’s “Project Greenhouse.” The girls have been taking shifts all summer weeding, watering and harvesting lettuce, radishes, cherry tomatoes, zucchini, cauliflower, arugula and summer squash for distribution to local food banks.

AHA’s Project Greenhouse began back in November of 2014 when over 100 Holy Angels students, staff, and family members, assisted by volunteers from Home Depot in North Bergen, joined forces to construct an 8 X 16 foot greenhouse at the school’s Demarest campus.  Students planned and designed the greenhouse, complete with solar panels for power, storage areas, a self-watering system, and a fence. The completed greenhouse is now located on the campus directly behind the science classrooms. The students then cultivated a parcel of land adjacent to the greenhouse for their garden. In early spring they planted a variety of seedlings that were then allowed to germinate in the greenhouse. Once the seedlings were sufficiently mature, and weather conditions permitted, they were transplanted into the garden. AHA Science Chairperson Nancy Brizzolara described the comprehensive nature of Project Greenhouse and emphasized its educational value as well as its goal of connecting learning with social responsibility. “Students have been empowered in the process from the beginning, gaining experience in budgeting, safety, planning and design, construction, accessorizing, planting, harvesting, and disbursing products. Project Greenhouse will afford students with a hands-on opportunity to carry out cross-curricular studies in biology, environmental science, physics, mathematics, engineering, and technology. Students will explore not only the mutual interaction among these fields but will be challenged to consider the moral and humanistic implications presented by scientific inquiry as well.”Academy of the Holy Angels recently launched its unique “STREAM” program which integrates Religion and the Arts into its STEM program. STREAM incorporates six disciplines: Science, Technology, Religion, Engineering, Art and Math.

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