BCOPE Garden Program

The BCOPE Garden comprises a .25 acre parcel in the rear of the property, and a heated greenhouse on-site that we utilize year round. The garden and greenhouse have been in use for the past fifteen years and play a big role in our curriculum. In the past year for example, we have had classes in Ecology, Biology and Chemistry all working in the garden as well as our Art, Algebra and Geometry classes. We have an active culinary program and students eat the food they grow.

It has been a busy few years in the garden. In March 2020, we became the first participant in Maine to a statewide initiative piloted by the University of Maine Cooperative Extension to recycle greenhouse plastic. Last year's seedling initiative was funded by a grant from Maine Ag in the Classroom. This past summer, we had two interns participate in our fledgling summer internship program sponsored with financial support in the form of scholarships from the Belfast Garden Club and as a program, we were a featured garden on the Garden Club's annual summer garden tour. Most recently we have received a grant from the Maine Environmental Education Association funding a new outdoor study space/garden that is designed and will be built by students with a focus on native species and pollinators.

For more information about our program, please contact Lindsey Schortz at lschortz@rsu71.org.