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Jabo’s Garden

By August 6, 2017 No Comments




HISTORY: Nearly a decade ago, Jerry “Jabo” Dean, a retired UT Music Professor, began volunteering his time to garden with his grandson’s Zilker Elementary kindergarten class. Jabo has been gardening with every kindergarten class since then.

In 2014, the owners/chefs at Odd Duck approached the school and offered to help expand the garden. Odd Duck is deeply committed to supporting and serving locally sourced food and wanted to pass along its passion for food and sustainable farming to a new generation. Thus was born Jabo’s Garden at Zilker Elementary.

MISSION: The mission of Jabo’s Garden is to create and sustain an organic edible garden and landscape that is fully integrated into the school’s culture, curriculum and food program. Our aim is to give students a place to learn about and experience the connections between their actions, their health, their community, their environment and of course, their tastebuds.

GOALS:  To promote healthy eating and physical activity.  To support and enhance all areas of study by creating an outdoor learning space and an integrated gardening curriculum.  To be an example of sustainable environmental practices and the foundation for a greater environmental education for our students, faculty, families and community.


There are many ways to help!

•Open volunteer hours, when you can help care for our garden: TBD  (No experience needed. Come for as long or as short as you like.)
•Garden committee meetings will take place on the 2nd Wed of each month at 3:15p in portable B2
•Family volunteer hours on Oct. 14, Jan. 20 and March 10,  starting at 9am.

You can also ask your teacher if they want help running a weekly garden project. And you can help prepare and serve our veggies or lead craft projects at special events.

To learn more about PEAS, our garden partner, go to http://www.peascommunity.org/.

Check our calendar for more dates.

School website: http://zilkerelem.org/pta/sustainability/jabos-garden/
Zilker Elementary Facebook page
Zilker Elementary Newsletter (ZEN)
Garden bulletin board
Twitter: jabosgarden
Instagram: @zilkerjabos
Garden email list: if you’d like to join the list, contact Dita at ditaniyogi@gmail.com


Martine Fedyszyn

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