Ackerschule – School Gardening

Kohlrabi and Mangold

8th grade students walked around and testified the ethical implications of our school gardening.

They made suggestions about grouping seats around a bed, placing a round table made of stone in the middle of an area, have a long stone bench by the site, so that students can take a seat and watch flowers. They found the ground mostly in bad constitution and made thoughtful suggestions how things could improve for all: plants and humans.

We drew the conclusion that we would automatically end up in a more sustainable and nature-friendly culture, if we’d care perfectly for the dignity of man.

In fact it is against dignity of man to beat a dog, to eat meet from mass-slaughtery and to have a school court, that’s not used for plants. (Helena, Hannah, Selma und Mila)

Since the beginning of 2020 there has been a real school garden at Pestalozzi-Gymnasium, which consists of six raised beds and two arable land.

For each of the three plantings in the course of the year, our field specialist – she is known as the „field coach“ – comes to us at the school and guides us through planting and sowing. Vegetables are grown from potatoes and radishes to Swiss chard, beetroot, as well as cabbage and corn.

The fields change annually and care is taken to ensure that nutrients and eaters, i.e. plants that tend to upgrade the soil with nutrients, and those that remove many nutrients from the soil, alternate. Together we learn how to pile up potatoes, strip tomatoes and chop zucchini.

The basic principle is a mulch-hack management, and so we don’t have to water often, because the chopping destroys the capillaries that transport water from deeper layers to the surface, where it then evaporates.

In addition to growing vegetables, a sweet snack garden is gradually emerging in the school: currants, raspberries and blackberries as well as two grapevines are already there. Small trees will soon follow, so we can see on the spot how our food is developing and simply pick it when it is ripe.

Cornelia Theus, teacher at Pestalozzi-Gymnasium and member of the Liberiaprojekt (source: annual report 2020/21)