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A family's discovery of sustainable gardening, native plants, local food and other treasures in their mid Atlantic backyard.

Under the guidance of Mary Phillips, founder of The Abundant Backyard, and with coordination of partners by Silver Spring Green, the Broad Acres Elementary School Living Classroom has flourished. Broad Acres kindergartners and first graders have completed spring planting in three raised 8’ x 4’ vegetable beds and two 10’ x 10’ native plant beds. The beds were installed in the school’s K-1 courtyard over Earth Day weekend. K-1 Students have been watering the beds diligently, and have now begun to harvest the vegetables–kale, spinach, onions, lettuce, carrots, radishes, and fennel. The two bordering pollinator gardens have been planted by the students with various flowering native plants that will bloom spring through October.


This summer, The Abundant Backyard is working with Silver Spring Green and the Broad Acres teaching team to identify fall curriculum connections to the garden to help students, parents and faculty learn about our watershed and ecosystem through care and enjoyment of the garden.


Silver Spring Green is bringing together partners involved in the Broad Acres School Greening Project to plan for the summer and fall. Partners, including IMPACT Silver Spring and Knights FC Soccer Club, will support Broad Acres over the summer as it maintains the courtyard and adds summer vegetables to the raised beds–tomatoes, peppers, eggplants, squash, beans, etc., donated by The Farm at Our House, a local organic farm.


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