Seward Montessori's Peace Garden
Seward's brand new garden!

Established in 1997, the Seward Peace Garden serves to augment students' education and engage the community in an act of sustainability. Under the guidance of Principal Tammy Goetz, the garden can be used in a variety of ways to promote wellness and to cultivate environmental awareness. When the school was remodeled, the garden was moved from where the current loading docs are located to its current location at the southern end of the school building and closer to the park playground equipment.

Working with a team of garden and food professionals, our garden has been thriving this past summer. Thanks to the hard work of our garden manager Dina Kountoupes of Harvest Moon Backyard Farmers, our garden produced: carrots, radishes, beets, rutabaga, pumpkins, blue and sweet corn, broccoli, tomatoes, peppers, cucumbers, purple beans, swiss chard, mint, dill, thyme, basil, chives, sunflowers, calendula, plums, raspberries and strawberries. Much of the produce over the summer is gleaned by The Minnesota Project - Garden Gleaners and brought to the Waite House, a community center and food shelf in our neighborhood.

During the school year, Karen Utter takes her Children's House and 1st and 2nd grade science students out to the garden while Midwest Food Connection team member Kristi Purcell delivers 4 seasonal eating lessons to our E1 or E2 classrooms. Seeds, plants, weeds, and the final fruits are all part of the hands on (and eating) experiences our children enjoy during their school day.

The Garden grows with support from parents and the community! Volunteer parents are needed to keep our garden fruitful! Volunteer activities include fundraising and grant writing, curriculum development, event planning and basic garden maintenance including actively maintaining the compost site. The Green Committee and Garden Manager facilitate the use of the garden in partnership with Seward teachers and administration.

Our garden wouldn't be a success without the ongoing commitment and support from our community partners including Articulture, The Birchwood Cafe, Seward Co-op, Allina, and Three Seeds Inc and all the organizations that come together to actively maintain our garden and engage our youth (Harvest Moon, Midwest Food Connection, The Minnesota Project). To learn more about becoming involved, visit Seward Peace Garden or contact