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Spring 2015

Interested in helping out with the Steele Garden this season?  Can you volunteer some time in a classroom with the Garden Seedling program?

The school’s garden volunteers are getting ready for the upcoming planting season and invite you to join them!  The garden belongs to the students and provides fresh fruits and vegetables in their school cafeteria.  Parent volunteers assist students as they plant the seeds, grow the seedlings in their classrooms, transplant, care for, and then harvest the crops.  A garden committee of experienced green-thumbs will show what you need to know.  No gardening experience required!  The weekly fall Steele Farmer’s Market and annual spring Home Tour plant sale are also operated by students and parent volunteers.  With those funds and continued support from the PTA, the garden has been able to provide the students hands-on participation in the seed-to-crop plant cycle and pride in the produce they grow.  The garden committee manages this “Seed to Table” program with food literacy as its mission.  Classroom volunteer opportunities will begin in March.  Please email Nikki Dawson if you are interested.

GARDEN DIG-IT DAY!  Saturday, April 25th from  9am – 1pm.  If helping out during the school day is not an option for you, the garden committee of parent volunteers hosts this 1-day event when we come together as a community and prep the garden for planting.  The garden beds need turned, weeds pulled, cages and trellises set-up, and so much more!  Bring your shovels, rakes, tools, and gloves.  Join the effort as families and friends ready the garden for another season.  Complimentary Chipotle lunch!

The Denver School Garden Coalition of Slow Food Denver/Seed to Table, Denver Urban Gardens, Learning Landscapes, and Denver Public Schools collaborate on the grounds of dozens of DPS elementary schools to establish school/community gardens and associated education programs with the primary focus on student education and enrichment.


Growing a Garden Community that teaches our children food literacy through a hands-on connection with how food is grown, harvested, prepared and consumed.


Highlights from 2013-14

Celery, onion, basil, broccoli, cauliflower, pepper, and tomato seedlings are growing in classrooms!

students participating in the Spring Seedling Planting Program

The Spring Seedling Planting Program has been in 001, 002, 004, 006, 007, 008, 102, 107, 108, 204, and 207.  More classrooms will plant seeds in the coming weeks.  Students and volunteers will soon transplant the seedlings into larger pots.  New volunteers are always welcome, no experience needed.  The plants will continue to grow in the classrooms until they are ready to go into the garden.  Contact Nikki Dawson [] if you would like to participate.

New to the Steele Garden is The Garden Club, gathering the Steele community with garden family days, field trips, garden seminars, and social gatherings.  Contact Shari Leidner [] if you are interested in learning more.

The After-School Garden Program held its first class on March 20th – also the first day of spring.  Students watered the garden seedlings growing in the school, dug in the garden beds, and started more seeds.  Future fun projects include soda bottle green houses and mosaic seed art.  It’s not too late, you can still join the fun and learn about seeds, planting, and gardening!  The Garden Program meets every Thursday between March 20-May 15 (excluding Spring Break) from 3:00pm-4:00pm. Fee for program is $100. Maximum of 20 students on first come basis. Have your child(ren) join us for lots of indoor and outdoor activities including grow labs, planting our spring garden, caring for seedlings, crafts, and much, much more! 

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March 20th, 2014: the start of the After-School Program and the first day of spring
student planting seeds in the After-School Program
student planting seeds in the After-School Program


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students enjoying food from the Steele Gardens


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