Emanuel School Garden

Of all the farmers markets I visited this summer, Emanuel School Garden in Hamburg, MN was my favorite.

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My friend’s sister, Marilyn, (on the left) is a primary school teacher at Emanuel Lutheran School in Hamburg, MN.  In addition to her love for teaching, Marilyn is a passionate gardener.  When these two passions combine, it is incredible!

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Across the country road from Marilyn and her husband’s farm house sits Emanuel Lutheran Church and School.

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While visiting her garden, Marilyn shared the story of how it began.

In the winter of 2013, Marilyn experienced a serious medical condition.  In March, she and her husband made the decision to take the year off from gardening and focus on Marilyn’s recovery.  She needed time to regain strength.

In March, Marilyn received a gift from one of her 1st grade students.  Inside the colorful gift bag were several packets of garden seeds.  Marilyn graciously explained she wouldn’t be able to plant a garden in the Spring.  Her precious student said, “We are going to plant the garden and take care of it for you.”  So that spring, Emanuel Lutheran School students and families planted the garden and maintained it throughout the summer.

And this is how the Emaneul School Garden’s story began.

Each year, the school garden has grown in size and incorporates a different theme.  One year, vegetables and flowers from A-Z could be found in the garden.

Another year, sunflowers outlined an area which became known as the Sunflower Outdoor Classroom.  Story time and even a garden fresh popcorn party was held in the Sunflower Room.

This year, the school garden is outlined with Zinnias’ in the shape of a large cross.  There is walking path along the cross.  It was in full bloom when I visited and it was beautiful!

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Today, the garden includes a compost area, vegetables, herbs, berries, fruit trees, chickens, volunteers, and student employees.

Produce from the school garden is incorporated into the school lunch program at Emanuel Lutheran School.  The school chef utilizes fresh garden produce for school lunches.

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Student designed signage

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BOOMCHICAPOP popcorn seeds were planted…

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and grew!

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Pear trees

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Thank you, Marilyn, for sharing your story, your love for gardening, and for inspiring young children and me!

Your garden is a blessing and an example of patience, hard work, and God’s grace.

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Matthew 18:10 “See that you do not look down on one of these little ones.  For I tell you that their angels in heaven always see the face of my Father in heaven.” 

4 Comments
  1. Thank’s for sharing Marilyn’s story. Praise be to God!

  2. Absolutely love this story!!! What lucky kiddos!

    • Yes, they are! The entire time, I kept thinking about the life long memories her students will have. They will never forget their experiences in the garden. Thanks for your comments!

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