Burke, Begley Discuss Community Support for HHS Garden

Haverhill High School paraeducator Nancy Burke and Haverhill Education Association (HEA) President Lisa R. Begley discussed the school’s garden, fall harvest and plans to submit produce for judging at Topsfield Fair during Monday night’s WHAV’s Open Mike Show.

It was the first Open Mike Show to air on FM 97.9.

The Haverhill High School Learning Garden began in 2012 with professional development and a grant from Massachusetts Teachers Association to support farm-to-school work. The National Education Association developed the pilot program to address student obesity rates using student engagement in school gardens and “helping students prepare healthy, nutritious dishes for themselves and each other.” HEA is affiliated with Massachusetts Teachers Association.

The project provides technical assistance and resource materials to groups engaged in school garden programs through a NEA grant to the MTA.