Thetford Elementary School
Shortly after the school started a garden in 2008, a community educator from a local farm stopped by and said, "I heard you have a garden and I want to help!" Since then, Thetford has nurtured relationships with several local farms and nurseries, which donate plants, trees, mulch, and -- best of all -- expertise. Thanks to their help, the school's original seven beds have expanded to 13. The school runs gardenside taste tests, even in summer. "Last year, students picked herbs and veggies and rolled them up in rice paper," says garden coordinator and school nurse Joette Hayashigawa. "They dipped the rolls in sauce and ate with gusto."