“In 1996 three MA students, Jenn Bernstein ’97, Charlie Ristad ’97 and Joanna Stagg ’97, under the mentorship of Glenn Stanfield and Amanda Webby, proposed a plan for a garden on the MA campus as part of a service learning project. Although this initial proposal was not accepted, the seeds were planted and by the late 90’s and early 2000’s students could be found working passionately in the school’s garden, tucked away behind the Old Gym.
In the mid-2000’s, the garden began to blossom thanks to the generous support of the Mimi and Peter Buckley family. As a result, a Master Gardener Arthur Baker, guided several Minicourses and senior projects to help expand and the garden’s beds and composting system. Soil from the old baseball diamond was used to expand the garden’s dimensions significantly in 2007. MA’s Garden Steward elective was established in 2009, and since that time dozens of students have taken this class under the mentorship of our current Master Gardener, Tony Mekisich.
Today, current students work in the garden in their academic classes across the curriculum, senior projects and weekend volunteer projects have led to significant contributions in on-site amenities, and many teachers and staff have contributed to the garden’s growth and development over the years – most recent participants include Doreen Clark, Peter Poutiatine (especially with beekeeping!), and Liz Gottlieb. A special shout out to Micky Morris and the operations crew, Travis Brownley, and MAPA for their continued support!”
-Mark Stefanski, Science
- Meyer Lemons
- Bok Choi
- Lemon Verbena
- Morning Glory
- Pill bugs
- Weeds (but not too many – and you can help ridding us of these!)
But most importantly, “wonder (#36), curiosity (#37), endeavor (#38), peacefulness (#39), and generosity (#40) are all grown in the students who tend the garden…..”
The 2012-2013 school year marks 40 years of education at Marin Academy. Throughout the year we will be commemorating this anniversary with on-campus events for students, special publications (including this on-going series of “lists of 40″), and a community celebration at Bimbo’s in San Francisco on April 20 (Save the date!).