Monticello High School’s library was an underused, single purpose reference room. Inspired by the maker space movement, library media specialist Joan Ackroyd, got to work reimagining and reshaping the space.
Two teachers who wanted their students to learn the value of nutrition and sustainability by growing food started the Patton Project Garden. Today, the garden includes a greenhouse, 30 raised beds, two tunnels, and a pergola with seating for classes. A solar array provides electricity to the greenhouse, and the excess energy is used by the school.
Students are involved in every aspect of the project, which is designed to provide them with a better understanding of the health benefits of growing and eating fresh food.