The Garden Green Team is a program at Wells Branch Elementary Arts Integration Academy (WBEAIA). It started in September 2011 and has continued to be an outdoor classroom for our students. The Garden Green Team is a collaborative effort among parents, community volunteers, and
WBEAIA teachers.

This PTA supported program has received grant funds from General Mills, Whole Foods, and Action for Healthy Kids. It has also raised money through the school’s Farmer’s Market and community donations. The Sustainable Food Center and Junior Master Gardeners programs have also offered great resources to our garden.

The Garden

The garden offers hands-on learning and experimentation across the curriculum. It promotes physical activity and a mindful appreciation for nature and the environment. There are 6 raised beds that the students use as vegetable gardens. Plus, there is a butterfly/caterpillar host garden, fruit orchard, greenhouse, and rock labyrinth.

According to researchers, some benefits of having a school garden include:

  • Increased consumption of fruits and vegetables
  • Improvement in attitudes towards fruits and vegetables
  • Improvement in science achievement scores
  • Improvement in social skills and behaviors
  • Improvement in environmental attitudes and instillation of respect for nature
  • Positive impact on student achievement and behavior

Green Initiatives

The Garden Green Team teaches students about the importance of eco-friendly practices. Throughout the year, students work on projects that help the environment. Some activities include composting, recycling, beautification, and reducing waste.

Garden Green Team Volunteer Roles

Garden Green Team PTA Chair: This role serves as coordinator for the program, planning garden class schedules, farmer’s markets, maintenance schedule, monitors the budget, and manages volunteers. This is a year-round commitment and this person is nominated by the PTA board.

Farmer’s Market Coordinator: This role manages the farmer’s market schedule, prepares harvest and products for sale, manages the money, coordinates market days set up, sales, tear down, and marketing.

Garden Maintenance Coordinator: This role coordinates clean up and watering schedule. They have basic knowledge of gardening including: tools, planting, harvesting, and maintenance.

Go Green Coordinator: This role coordinates eco-friendly projects that help improve the environment and encourage “reduce, reuse, recycle.”

2019 Garden Green Team Projects and Volunteer Opportunities

  • Ongoing Garden Classes 
  • Farmer’s markets 
  • Community garden parties  
  • Weekly garden watering 
  • Planting and harvesting
  • Maintenance and clean up
  • Grant writing and fundraising
  • Art mural in the garden 
  • Composting & recycling 
  • Going green projects and planning

Garden Wish List

  • Gardening tools (planters, garden hoses, wheel barrel, etc.)
  • Signage for plants 
  • Landscaping materials (large rocks, borders, limestone, etc.), 
  • Seating (benches, tables, etc.)
  • Lumber for DIY projects  
  • Storage containers
  • Organic mulch and soil
  • Child-friendly garden décor

Important Dates

Spring Garden Class Schedule: Monday, January 13, 2020 – Friday, May 8, 2020

WBEAIA is grateful to all the parents of current and past alumni and community leaders who made the garden a success.

If you would like to volunteer in the garden, take part in a green project, or offer a donation, please email or use our contact form. We are happy to meet with you to discuss this program in more detail. We would greatly appreciate any donations of materials, time and/or money to help us achieve our goals.