Harmony Elementary kindergartners plant pizza garden

Students use garden to learn about agriculture

JANESVILLE, Wis. - Kindergarten students at Harmony Elementary School had fun planting a unique garden Wednesday morning.

With the help of Anna Quade, a sophomore at Milton High School, the students dug in the dirt and planted seeds for different ingredients that go into making pizza.

“So we grow tomatoes, peppers, onions, all sorts of herbs and wheat for the crust,” Anna said.

She came up with the idea of building a pizza garden after hearing her dad, who’s an agronomist and her 4-H crops leader, talk about how to grow crops, specifically crops for pizza.

“It works really well with younger kids. They find it really interesting,” Anna said. “It’s a good way to start a conversation about how the plant system grows, and how we get food, and we don’t just go to the grocery store and it magically appears. We have to grow it and then there’s a process of making it.”

Anna is enrolled in the FFA program and, with the help of her advisers, she applied for several grants to help cover the cost to build the garden. She was awarded a $1,000 grant from DeWalt, a manufacturing company.

“It’s really awesome to see it all come together,” Anna said. “It’s really fulfilling to see how excited the kids are and how excited everyone is, and it’s just been a super cool experience.”

The kindergartners will water the garden and watch the plants grow for the rest of the school year and throughout the summer.

“In the fall, hopefully they’ll come back as first-graders and be able to see the produce that we’ve collected,” Anna said.

There’s a rain barrel in the middle of the garden, so the students will always have water for the plants.

Anna hopes to see the pizza garden expand to other elementary schools so more students can learn about agriculture.

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