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Tiny School Takes on Very Large Garden

By Pamela Summers Showalter
Have you wondered about the growing piles of wood chips under the Georgia Power lines on Boulevard in Chosewood Park? If so, the answer is that St. Nicholas Orthodox Academy is pioneering a garden on that land under the power lines where there is no water and poor soil. So when we began three years ago, to improve the poor soil, professional permaculture landscaper Jeremy Lewis said, “Wood chips! Wood chips! Get all the wood chips you can.” And we have been getting those wood chips ever since. We compost and use permaculture strategies to improve soil and retain water. Students enjoy the fruits, vegetables, and flowers. We have all benefited from the hard work. Thanks to Steve Carr, land owner, who allows us to use this land. Thanks also to Abundant Life Church which continues to let us use their lower parking lot.
But beyond the garden our school has a rich and varied course of studies as well. Writing, literature and grammar, sciences, Saxon math, and social studies as well as great enrichment: swimming, team sports, weekly botany studies at Zoo Atlanta are all part of our curriculum. Next year we are looking for students in kindergarten, second grade, and a sixth-grade cluster. Come by and see us in action. Schedule a visit by calling Pamela Showalter at 404-468-6212.

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