Michael McDonald is an eighth grade ELA teacher at Up Leonard who proclaims her previous gardening experience was limited to an herb garden. However, McDonald proves that all a garden needs is an enthusiastic advocate. Recently, UPL received a gardening grant from the Whole Kids Foundation. We interviewed McDonald as the Gardener of the Month!
Whole Kids Foundation recently awarded funding through a Schoolyard Gardens Grant. What was the grant process, and what do you plan to do?
MM: I had heard about the Whole Kids Foundation and their support of schoolyard gardens. Groundwork Lawrence gave me tips for how to write a grant to support the Up Leonard garden. It was a lot of work! When I got the news we got the grant, I was so happy! We were awarded the full $2,000, and we will put it towards providing infrastructure and paths to the garden, maintenance, and supplies like buying seedlings.
What are your plans for the garden for this summer?
MM: This summer we're going to plant watermelon, asparagus, sweet pepper, heirloom tomato, and a variety of herbs, which are all fairly self-sustaining. Both our office manager and I will be here over the summer, so we can be here to check in on the garden and water them. We'll also have a few students who have said they'll stop by to water also.
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