Columbia Heights School District

  • Blooming Heights Edible Schoolyard/Outdoor Classroom
  • District-wide garden for grades E-12 & Adult Enrichment classes
  • Fulltime, year-round Garden Specialist
  • Various types of gardens including raised vegetable & herb beds, native butterfly garden, & fruit tree orchard
  • Tied to grade-level curriculum & state standards
  • Students from each school in the district participate in starting seeds indoors, outdoor planting & garden maintenance
  • Garden produce used in cooking classes with students. Surplus sold at farmer’s market & donated to a local food shelf
  • 100% Summer Adventure Club students participate in garden activities

Columbia Heights has a “district-wide garden” sponsored by Community Education. They have a full-time Garden Specialist on staff. Students start plants in their classrooms and then transfer them to the “Blooming Heights Edible Schoolyard.” The area also serves as an outdoor classroom.