2019 Garden Club


This year, the Birchwood Garden Club plans to grow a simple slate of salad vegetables, again partnering with the City Mission of Schenectady to donate all of our produce to their kitchen! The City Mission of Schenectady serves several hundred meals each day, so this is a real opportunity for all of us at Birchwood to help feed the hungry in our community.  We'll also continue to harvest strawberries to be enjoyed fresh in hand by Garden Club participants!


Garden Club will start in May with a planting day, followed by garden maintenance (watering, weeding, harvesting) on an as-needed basis throughout the end of the school year.  All school year activities will be scheduled as after school events, and will be hosted by a Garden Club volunteer.  During the summer break, garden maintenance, harvest, and delivery of produce will be done by participating families on a weekly schedule. Depending on the number of families that choose to participate in Garden Club, families may need to volunteer more than one week during the summer.


At this time, students are invited to sign-up for the 2019 Garden Club, starting with planting in late May.  Students are welcome to participate in as many Garden Club events as they can, but we understand that not all students will be able to attend each event, and that's OK.


This program will include time outdoors and in the dirt.  For the safety and comfort of your child, as well as the enjoyment of all participants, students must have appropriate attire.  Participating students should dress appropriately for the activity and the weather (rain or shine).


Dates: Planting on May 30 (rain date May 31).  Subsequent events to tend the garden will be scheduled separately via email; attend when you can; RSVP required for each event.


Time: After School programs start at dismissal and will finish at 3:15 PM


Registration Deadline: 5/24/19


To register, visit:


Contact Mike & Katie Cowley-Cooper with any questions;



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