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About The Edible Peace Patch Project

The Edible Peace Patch Project’s mission is to cultivate healthy minds and bodies through hands-on educational gardens producing successful individuals and thriving communities.

Our educational gardens are located primarily in Title 1 elementary schools in Pinellas County. Title 1 schools have a high percentage of children from low-income families and are often located in food deserts. Our goal is to have educational gardens in all of the Title I elementary schools and their surrounding communities in the Tampa Bay area. These educational gardens are built through community partnerships and with local resources.

The Edible Peace Patch Project envisions a world in which all children live in a supportive environment, have every opportunity open to them, and have the skills and confidence to achieve a healthy, happy and productive life.

Staff are well trained and professional, engaging the students though hands-on lessons, disciplined and practical results, and a lot of fun. Additionally, our curriculum meets Florida State standards and emphasizes science, wellness, and healthy eating.

Benefits
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Connecting with the outdoors
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Hands on education
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Emphasizes science, wellness and healthy eating
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History

Since 2009, the Edible Peace Patch Project has been cultivating healthy minds and bodies in St Petersburg. It all began with our first garden at Lakewood Elementary School, a Title 1 school on the south side of St. Petersburg. A group of Eckerd students convinced one of their professors, who had a farming background, to guide them in planning, installing and planting a schoolyard garden. The group began developing academic lessons that used the gardens as an outdoor laboratory and classroom to connect statewide elementary school learning standards to direct, hands-on education for students. The name, the Edible Peace Patch Project, was chosen by a group of 5th graders at Lakewood Elementary.

Since then, we have expanded to eight schoolyard gardens and one community garden. Where we provide an in-school education program, an after-school program, and a families program. Our curriculum was developed alongside the Pinellas County School Board, and has continued to evolve as we learn and grow. Our afterschool program provides as opportunity for Students to learn from Community Leaders, in the realms of gardening, ecological awareness, sustainability, and nutrition.

Impact

The impact of school gardens on academic performance overwhelmingly supports that garden-based learning has a positive impact on students’ grades, knowledge, attitudes, and behavior.

Increased test scores (specifically in science).
Willingness to taste vegetables and overall taste ratings of vegetables.
Increasing children’s fruit and vegetable consumption.
Increased nutrition knowledge of fruits and vegetable.
Increased physical activity.
Strengthens and reinforces positive social skills.

Gardens

Campbell Park Elementary
1051 7th Avenue South
St. Petersburg, FL 33705

Fairmount Park Elementary
575 41st Street South
St. Petersburg, FL 33711

Gulfport Elementary
2014 52nd Street South
Gulfport, FL 33707

James B Sanderlin Pk-8
2350 22nd Avenue South
St. Petersburg, FL 33712

Lakewood Elementary
4151 6th Street South
St. Petersburg, FL 33705

Lealman Elementary
4001 58th Avenue North
St. Petersburg, FL 33714

Maximo Elementary
4850 31st Street South
St. Petersburg, FL 33712

Northshore Elementary
200 35th Avenue Northeast
St. Petersburg, FL 33704

R'Club Volunteering

Get Involved

Weekly Garden Workdays
From August to May we host a weekly volunteer service day in one or more of our schoolyard gardens. This gives you a chance to get your hands dirty and meet some fellow community gardeners. The typical workday runs from 9 am to 12 pm. Tasks include planting, weeding, general maintenance and harvesting. Check our calendar to see where the workday is this week!

Suggested items to bring to garden service days

  • Water bottle
  • Hat, sunscreen, sunglasses
  • Closed-toed shoes
  • Personal garden gear (gloves, tools, stool)

Before coming out to the garden, please fill out and turn in a Volunteer Registration Form to the school where you will be providing your service.

Garden Education Program

Garden Education Volunteer

  • Participate in sustainable initiatives
  • Support the local community
  • Gain valuable education experience

This program gives ambitious college students and community members an opportunity to teach dynamic elementary students in our schoolyard gardens. As a member of the program, you will discover the value of experiential learning and sustainable urban agriculture while gaining skills in education and mentorship.

This is a consecutive 8-week commitment, meeting with your class once a week in the garden, for 45 minutes. More info:

Volunteers
Volunteers must be 18 years of age or older. A personal mode of transportation is also highly recommended.

If you are interested in volunteering with Edible Peace Patch, download and complete a

Pinellas County Schools Volunteer Registration Form

and an

R'Club Volunteer Form

and email it to Kelli Harper (kharper@rclub.net), along with a photocopy of your valid ID or passport.

Contact Us

Have any questions about Edible Peach Patch, starting your own educational garden, or just want to drop us a note? Call Kelli Harper at 727-578-5437, ext. 2847, or email kharper@rclub.net.