|Bush Neighborhood Community Garden|
and Bush Elementary Outdoor Habitat
at a Glance
|Garden Type:||Student Gardens|
|Host Organization:||Barbara Bush Elementary School in partnership with Keep Grand Prairie Beautiful|
|Number of Plots:||46|
|Languages:||English and Spanish|
|Structures:||Two sheds, shade structure, amphitheater, stormwater erosion and Earth Science stations, tables and chairs, a pond and 46 raised beds (6 in the Outdoor Habitat on the east side and 40 in the Community Garden on the west side).|
|Amenities:||Bathrooms available during school hours, cafeteria for garden meetings, electricity and water|
Barbara Bush Elementary hosts two community gardens. The garden on the east side of the campus was launched in 2006 and is an Outdoor Habitat where students and community members learn about gardening and composting as well as other school based classes in an outdoor classroom setting. The Outdoor Habitat includes six 4-foot-by-4-foot raised beds made with plastic lumber from recycled plastic milk jugs, as well as perennial beds, a compost station, a shed, an amphitheater, a butterfly shaped shade structure, a pond for aquatic studies and stormwater erosion control and Earth science stations.
The Outdoor Habitat was designed with student input and has received numerous grants and awards. The school gardening program includes use of the Junior Master Gardener Curriculum. A portion of the vegetables grown are sent home with the students and a portion are sold by volunteers at the Grand Prairie Farmers Market with the proceeds benefitting improvements at the school garden.
Classes benefiting the students and the community are held in the Bush Outdoor Habitat.
The second garden is a 40 raised-bed Community Garden located on the west side of the campus. Launched April 2011, it represents a full partnership between the school and the community. Ten of the 40 raised beds are dedicated to the school's gardening program, while the other 30 are for the community. Both the students and the community help to care for all the beds.
Gardening is free and the food grown will benefit the participating families, the local food banks and some will be sold at the Grand Prairie Farmers Market to help sustain the school gardening program.
The Bush Community Garden hosts a monthly support meeting to share knowledge and experience. We are a registered project of the Dallas County Master Gardeners.
The City of Grand Prairie's Keep Grand Prairie Beautiful Community Garden Program provided the funds to construct the garden. The beds are constructed out of cinder blocks and filled with a special soil mix of 70% leaf compost, 20% expanded shale and 10% play sand. We also have a 3-bay compost corral built by an Eagle Scout and a shed.