The Whole Foods Foundation recognized the gardening program at Montessori Children’s House (MCH) with a $2,000 “Whole Kids” grant.
The gardening program has been at the Redmond Montessori location for more than 20 years, and in recent years has become a focus at the school, especially after Head of School Jennifer Wheelhouse took over in 2003.
Wheelhouse said a gardening program at MCH makes sense, because being part of the environment is central to the Montessori philosophy.
Early Childhood student spend about an hour a week in the garden, as part of their schedule.
The grant will help convert the garden into a 100 percent organic and will expand the space with vertical planters. There will be fruit trees planted, so students can grab a snack from them.
The MCH garden program is taught by Garden Specialist Katherine Stewart. Students in groups of up to four count seeds, plant them, and harvest vegetables all while learning about Northwest native plants.