The gardens are in full summer swing here at the Greensboro Montessori School. Giant Zinnias and Black-Eyed Susan flowers are exploding in Primary, Scuppernong Grapes and Lunchbox Peppers are beginning to flush in Lower Elementary, and Sunflowers grace the Upper Elementary Teepee alongside a bounty of red burgundy okra. What a joy to be greeted with such beauty this week as students return!
This year marks a significant change in the Permaculture Gardening program staff. After twelve spectacular years, Jenny Kimmel has decided to teach part-time in the Middle School Land and Microeconomy programs. She will still be an active part of the Greensboro Montessori School in this role, but this means we will all miss her grace and peaceful presence as our leader of both garden classes and the Permaculture program.
Jenny’s mentee, Eliza Hudson, has moved into her position as the Lead Environmental Educator and Director of the Permaculture program. She will continue in Jenny’s stead teaching Primary, Lower Elementary, and Upper Elementary gardening classes and leading the program to ensure the gardens remain grounded in permaculture and Montessori philosophy.
Aubrey Cupit continues on as the Garden Manager and Middle School Microeconomy Teacher. If you’re missing him at the school, you can catch him on his farm, Gate City Harvest (Middle School campers visited him there this summer with Matt Spencer and Eliza and loved their time there). If you want eggs, you better get there early!
Officially joining the Gardening Team this year is Sara Stratton. Sara took Charlie Headington’s Permaculture Design Course with Eliza two years ago and was the choice substitute teacher for garden lessons at Greensboro Montessori last year. Sara brings passionate energy for permaculture design, Montessori philosophy, and gardening with children to the program. We are thrilled to have her and all the contributions she is sure to share this year.
We’re all looking forward to beginning the year together with you and your children. Stay posted on regular volunteer opportunities, but go ahead and mark your calendars for our Fall Community Garden Workday, Saturday September 24th, from 9:00-11:30am. More details to come!