Seven Arrows is an environmentally conscious school. Since our founding, Seven Arrows has been proactive with a host of sustainable initiatives, including the cultivation of edible vegetables on the school’s property. Thanks to our founding families and educators dedication to cultivating healthy and environmentally conscious children, our school has a long tradition of immersing our students in understanding their relationship to nature and the cycles of the natural world.
Through the leadership and inspiration of former Seven Arrows parent, master chef, and food revolutionary – Jamie Oliver – we re-energized the school’s efforts to change the way we think about food and how food systems work (from production to distribution, to cooking and eating what we grow). Jamie Oliver’s strategy to initiate this worldwide food transformation begins by changing the relationship Americans have with food. Seven Arrows eagerly took on this challenge last spring to be at the forefront of this good food movement by creating an on-campus edible garden.
The edible garden is made more relevant to our students and their parents through an outdoor classroom that integrates student learning into our Science, Service Learning, Spanish, Math, Global Cultures curriculum. Our students plant, harvest, cook, and eat on the “fruits” of their labor through an experiential and hands-on approach that provides a lifelong imprint on their relationship to food, water, and the natural world.
As one enters the Seven Arrows campus, “Woolly Pocket” gardens are brimming with plants, herbs, and vegetables on virtually every outdoor surface. These “Woolly Pocket” planters maximize planting potential and are one of several innovative ideas we hope will be emulated by other organizations interested in edible gardens located in urban areas. A visitor to the school may also wish to test their knowledge of fruit trees as you stroll through the campus (beautiful signs will aid you if you need to take a peek!)
As with so many other successful efforts at Seven Arrows, with the power of our community behind us, we are able to achieve exceptional things. This shining example of sustainable living would not have been possible without the vision and hard work of our parent community and Jamie Oliver’s generosity in underwriting the effort.