Northport K-8 middle grades science instructors Amanda Sartain and Kalyn Nova have been selected to receive a 2012 Toolbox for Education Grant for a vegetable garden for the middle school next year.  A school garden allows students to
apply curriculum based education in innovative, unique and engaging ways.  Instructors will be using the Gardening For Grades curriculum by Florida Agriculture for planning and creating lesson plans for the garden.  Students will discover the components of a garden that correlates with curriculum from observing plants grown from seeds, measuring growth and designing experiments.  Students at the middle school level will be learning about Florida soil, different types of
soil, pH levels, hydroponics, soil testing, composting, planting from seeds, photosynthesis and types of seeds.  The shared garden will be an exciting opportunity for authentic growth and scientific discovery. Pictured are Ms. Nova, left, and Ms. Sartain.