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Andrea Lynch

Churchville-Chili Central School District, Monroe County, NY, United States


Our students have been working on our school garden for the past 3 years. We have expanded from a small garden with a few raised beds to a garden with 15 raised beds, a large pumpkin and corn patch, wheelchair accessible beds, a butterfly garden, a composting area, and finally a greenhouse shed. We continue to add new features every school year.

Churchville Chili’s Garden Of The Saints

Butterflies welcome Butterflies have a new place to go thanks to a joint project between the third grade students at Fairbanks Road Elementary School and fifth grade students in the Gifted and Talented program at the middle school. For the past two years, Churchville-Chili students have been working on the community garden, located behind the operations building on Fairbanks Road. The garden grows vegetables, fruits and herbs that have been used to benefit the community and in the school cafeteria. During Celebrate Churchville-Chili in the fall, students used the garden harvest to make salsa to feed 500 people. This year, the students have added a butterfly garden to attract monarch butterflies, hummingbirds and other beneficial insects. Students received a grant from the Rochester Monroe County Youth Bureau, the Rochester Area Community Foundation and the Youth as Resources Program to add the butterfly garden for the pollinators. Milkweed, coneflowers and other butterfly favorites have been carefully planted to provide a spot for the butterflies to grow and thrive. This garden is also supported by the Fairbanks and Middle School Parent Teacher Organizations. The students worked with Britt Benjamin and Erin Regan from the Butterfly Beltway program through the Seneca Park Zoo to place and plant the carefully-chosen flowers. The students and their families will sign up to care for the garden over the summer, and then Benjamin and Regan will return in the fall to release butterflies at the site.

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