Haynes Early Education Center has two classrooms participating in the SLUG program, and is coordinated by Lavinia Miller. Ms. Miller transplanted many plants provided by SLUG outdoors into the schoolyard. Since they were started indoors the transplants were given an extra head start. Ms. Miller planted carrots, peas, kale, sunflowers, tomato and pepper plants, radishes, and beans.

SLUG has helped students experience the wonder of watching a seemingly dead seed come to life with water, sun, air, nutrients and care. Students have also learned how to care for plants. Students have gained a better understanding of composting and which living things can help or hurt the garden. Reading, writing, math, science and working with other students are all areas that have benefited from SLUG.

November 2010
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Haynes school planted some sprouts to be grown indoors. They have four grow lights in operation, and plan to continue growing all year long.
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They are also growing winter rye, an herb garden, and some rainbow chard. The yellow chard has been extremely popular! Kids love the yellow stem and the fact that it has "rainbow" in the name.

The Parsley always looks great this time of the year, even when most of the rest of the garden has died out.

June 2010

Toward the end of the year, when asked what the first graders wanted to learn about in science, “I want to plant a seed” was the most common response. This was after we had planted seeds and watched them grow, explored solids and liquids, air and weather and learned about “organisms”.

Students water the garden before taking off for Summer Break.

March 2010
beds are weeded and ready for spring plants
beds are weeded and ready for spring plants
Pea vines climb up sticks from the yard
Pea vines climb up sticks from the yard

The Worm Habitat lives in the hallway for curious students to inspect
The Worm Habitat lives in the hallway for curious students to inspect

November 2009
Ms. Miller has brought her science classes outside to enjoy the last fall days in the garden, and a few indoor gardens are flourishing as well.
Indoors the little seedlings are just starting to sprout.


Outside the fall is beginning to take it's toll on the garden. You can see remnants of a successful growing season. Meanwhile, the pop up greenhouse keeps the parsley warm enough to keep growing!


Students explore the herb garden with their hands, eyes and noses. Even in the chilly fall the sage and other herbs are still thriving.

Haynes Early education Center has a great history of gardening at their school. Click here to check out what they have done in years past.