Time In The Garden At Hillel Academy 

Posted: 5:28 am Sunday, May 6th, 2018

By Ann Kelly

 

There were two things that happened the day my tired, old Samsung S5 crashed and went to Android heaven. It made me finally get a new one which of course I’d been putting off for obviously way too long, The next thing? That horrible pit of your stomach feeling that some things that weren’t compatible with the new system were gone. Oh yes, you know that one. All my notes from a lovely visit to Hillel Academy were nowhere to be found.

 

But let’s add one more very good thing. The impression left by the staff, the students and their dedication to the TUB garden project. The students dedicate part of their curriculum to developing themselves not only on an academic level but on a community level as well. Nava Kirk took me on a tour of the hydroponic garden that is part of the Tampa Urban Benefit Farms (TUB). What they grow in their garden is a gift to their community as well as a valuable teaching too. The students take a great deal of pride is what they grow and what they share. My own garden could use their touch!

 

There are special, very personal touches to their garden as well. A butterfly garden was created in memory of student Rachel Hatfield who died from brain cancer when she was just eleven years old. It’s impressive to know it received certification as a National Registered Butterfly Garden, but it retains the joy that reminds you of what made a little girl so happy. There is a Little Library for everyone to enjoy, rocks painted in happy colors and all those memories.

 

Hillel Academy is located at 2020 West Fletcher Avenue in Tampa and can be reached at 813.963.2242. Visit them on Twitter, Facebook @HillelAcademyTampa. and Vimeo, Enjoy the pictures from my afternoon at Hillel Academy – it was time very well spent.  The students take a great deal of pride is what they grow and what they share. My own garden could use their touch!

WORDS OF WISDOM FROM ANN KELLY’S KITCHEN

In search of my mother’s garden, I found my own – Alice Walker

 

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