StepUP’s Community Garden
Our garden restoration began in 2019 with a service work day by one of our community partners, City Center Church. We are grateful for their continued partnership each summer! Additionally, with grant funding from the Redmond Garden Club and the Environmental Center in Bend, we have built an indoor seed-starting space in our basement for the winter months, bringing students down weekly to grow lettuces and spinach. It is such a rewarding experience for our students to see how a garden gets started and feel the success of eating the fresh vegetables they grew themselves.
Our school garden has become an amazing source of pride for our students and staff alike. It provides a place to eat lunch, relax, and to find your center again after a challenging day. With towering sunflowers and acres of pumpkin vines, the StepUP gardens are a wonderful place to experience the joys of building a successful garden. Beginning last summer, we offer our fresh produce to the local community at our Free Farmstand on Wednesday mornings, just outside the school garden fence. We hope to see you there!
Our next big project will be to re-cover the large hoop greenhouse. We would love to add solar-powered ventilation fans, better irrigation, and new polyurethane covering. This would give us the ability to hold classes in the space and utilize it to its fullest potential.
Care for yourself, care for others, and care for the land.