Senior Class Legacy: A Real Garden of Possibilities

Posted April 2, 2012

By Peter Catania '12, MISH vice-chair

Throughout our four years at Masters, the Class of 2012 has wanted to make sure that we would be remembered; not as a class, but for how we could make The Masters School a better place. Our class decided that we wanted to leave behind a legacy of sustainability and respect for our planet, a philosophy that has been incorporated into many of our MISH (Masters Interested in Sharing and Helping) projects.

Our senior MISH project encompasses all of these ideas—leaving behind a legacy, promoting sustainability and a “greener” lifestyle, and involving the school as a whole—by creating a school garden that will not only help to beautify our campus, but change the way we look at our planet. Incorporating compost from the dining hall will make our community more aware of how much we waste, and produce rich soil to make new food.

Students who live nearby and faculty who live on the campus have agreed to maintain a designated area of the garden during the summer. In return, they will receive a portion of the produce. Our science department, especially the environmental and biology classes, will have an actual physical site to examine and in which to work with service learning during the school year.

One of the best things about this garden will be our ability to give back to the community. Healthy and organic foods are by far the most expensive type of produce available. We plan to partner with a food bank in order to give to them a share of our crops at the end of the growing cycle.

The Class of 2012 is excited to be able to give the Masters community such an amazing opportunity. As Gandhi said, ‘Be the change you want to see in the world.’ We need to stop talking about giving back to our earth and start doing it, and what better way to start then in our own backyard.”

The official groundbreaking for the garden will take place on April 13 at 3:30 p.m. “We will lay out the perimeter, dig a trench that will support the eight-foot fencing to keep out the deer, select the garden design, and then follow the plan that Head of Upper School Chris Frost and science teacher Lee Dieck, our campus garden experts, recommend,” reports Director of Community Service Amy Atlee. “Planting will begin after May 15, we will do some early summer work, and then we will allow nature to take its course—with lots of TLC from garden volunteers over the summer!”

Photos by Kathi Woods

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