Over 185 area schools are engaged in school gardening (shown as orange carrots In most of these schools, 1 or 2 teachers lead gardening efforts as an activity implemented as time allows.  Principal and teacher turnover often leave schools without a garden leader and gardens become fallow.

Sustainable school gardening and outdoor learning requires integration into the curriculum, incorporation of nutrition education and an annual gardening strategy.  This is the purpose of Green Teacher Network Certified School Garden Program (PURPLE CARROT) which began with 13 schools fall 2015.

School principals appoint a lead garden teacher and agree to a schoolyear long commitment to school gardening.  The lead teacher works to grow the garden team at each school to a sustainable level of 6 to 8 teachers.  These lead teachers meet monthly with GTN garden coordinators and partners to receive plants, equipment and materials to design, plant, tend, harvest and taste a fall garden and a spring garden.  GTN incorporates lesson plans, recipes and natural eco-system education.  GTN also coordinates corporate volunteers to assist with garden needs and chefs from Chefs Move to Schools to support fall and spring tastings.

Research shows increased consumption of fresh fruits and vegetables leads to increased academics performance and the increased activity of school gardening reduces classroom disruption.

Garden Layouts are supported by Mecklenburg Cooperative Extension and Charlotte Mecklenburg Food Policy Council.  They also incorporate 6 vegetables served in the school cafeteria.

The cost of this schoolyear long program is $5,000.  Arts and Science Council Education Funds can be used.  Funding must be committed no later than April 30, 2016 for the 2016/2017 school year and paid no later than August 1, 2016.

Meet your class of 2015/2016 PURPLE CARROT SCHOOLS


River Oaks Academy  LEAD TEACHER: Angel Fleming

1015 Mt Holly-Huntersville Rd, Charlotte, NC 28214

Reid Park Elementary LEAD TEACHER: Wyanette Williams

4108 W Tyvola Rd, Charlotte, NC 28208

Whitewater Academy LEAD TEACHER: Kameron Moebes

10201 Running Rapids Rd, Charlotte, NC 28214

Tuckaseegee Elementary LEAD TEACHER: Joyce Newman

2028 Little Rock Rd, Charlotte, NC 28214

Oakdale Elementary LEAD TEACHER: Ricky

1825 Oakdale Rd, Charlotte, NC 28216

Paw Creek Elementary LEAD TEACHER: Pam Petry

        1300 Cathey Road Charlotte, NC 28214


Winterfield Elementary LEAD TEACHER: Amethyst Klein  Supporter: Anna Helms Kennington, Communities in Schools   3100 Winterfield Pl, Charlotte, NC 28205


Lake Wylie Elementary LEAD TEACHER: Cynthia Dey

13620 Erwin Road, Charlotte, NC 28273

Palisades Elementary LEAD TEACHER:  Dianne Byers   

15321 York Road, Charlotte, NC 28278


Pinewood Elementary LEAD TEACHER: Victoria Gorman Supporter:  Charles Diman retired veteran  805 Seneca Place Charlotte, NC 28210


Berryhill Elementary LEAD TEACHER : Suzanne Beckman

10501 Windy Grove Road Charlotte, NC 28278


                Idlewild Elementary LEAD TEACHER: Cynthia Christian

7101 Idlewild Road Charlotte, NC 28212


        Billingsville Elementary LEAD TEACHER:  Amanda Saunders K-3 Supporter – Katherine Forney, Garden Club124 Skyland Ave, Charlotte, NC 28211


Edna Chirico

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