Composting, Agriculture in the Classroom, Recycling, Eating Well, and Sustainability
C.A.R.E.S. is a horticultural program offered at the Tri-County Schools and in our six residential and group homes. It provides our students and residents with a supportive, hands-on learning experience in green living, animal husbandry, vegetable gardening and healthy eating.
The program began in 2007 when an instructional aide at the school was looking for a creative way to get two young students to work together. She discovered that growing, harvesting and cooking tomatoes together (just like the boys’ grandmothers had) was the key to getting them to work harmoniously together.
Since that beginning, the program has grown and our school campus now houses:
- Raised garden beds
- An inner courtyard designed by the students with meditation walks, gardens, bird feeders, rain barrels, and window boxes
- Free range chickens
- A student-run school recycling program.
Fresh food is prepared in our classes and fresh vegetables are served regularly in the school cafeteria.
The C.A.R.E.S. program is also now offered in our residential programs, where:
- Youth learn about nutrition and participate in cooking vegetarian meals using fresh produce from the garden.
- Program staff facilitate “cooking matters” tours of a grocery stores.
- Residents compost food waste to nourish gardens.
In 2012, Tri-County Schools was awarded the Green Schools first place award.
Contact Person: Meredith Lagoy, LICSW
Associated Program: Tri-County Schools