The Northlake Community Garden is a nurturing place where children experience and discover how to create and respect a natural connection with the Earth.
The mission of the Northlake Community Garden project is:
- To provide a hands-on outdoor classroom which will integrate science, math, reading, environmental studies, nutrition and health.
- To provide an environment where children can discover fresh food, make healthier food choices and become better nourished.
- To experience understanding of nature, ecology and natural cycles to enhance children’s ability to be good stewards of the Earth.
- To promote community spirit, common purpose and cultural appreciation among students, school staff, families, local businesses and organizations.
The Northlake Garden was the “brain-child” of Dr. Lee Ann Gekas and was started when Dr. Gekas’ daughter, Allison, was a student at Northlake. Her goal was to involve children in vegetable gardening, call attention to good nutrition, and teach the importance of organic gardening.
Each spring a plant sale is held, and weekly produce sales are held each week during the summer. The garden’s signature event is the annual Harvest Festival, held in late October. Families take weekly rotations watering the garden and collecting produce over the summer, and work parties are regularly scheduled to do the major work of each season.
A corner of the NL Garden has been dedicated to the memory of Sterling Fisher, a Northlake 2nd grader killed in a tragic auto accident, along with his father, Paul Fischer, a Longview music teacher, on March 6, 2004.