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25 First St
New Jersey (Elizabeth Port )
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the project

Students and staff members will learn about the importance of pollinators in our everyday life.  We will work with students to create a natural environment for pollinators that include plants for nectar, pollen, and laying eggs and areas for pollinators to drink water and find shelter. Students will learn how to care for the garden to keep plants alive and will become experts by learning how to give guided tours and explain the importance of the garden.

the steps

1.     Educate students, faculty members, and family members about the importance of pollinators in our everyday lives using videos and a newsletter.

2.     Have materials delivered to the school. 

3.     Build raised garden beds. Install garden beds by digging holes for posts to be anchored in.

4.     Fill beds with compost and soil using the garden tools. 

5.     Purchase plants from a NJ Garden Center.  Plant selected plants.

6.     Water plants and maintain them to ensure successful healthy start in their new home.

7.     Build and paint signs for our pollinator garden with facts to teach members in the community about our pollinator garden.

8.     Care for garden. When it begins to flourish, observe which pollinators are visiting.

9.     Allow students to give tours of the pollinator garden to educate others on the importance of pollinators.


why we're doing it

Because of pollinators such as bees, butterflies, birds, beetles, bats, wasps and even flies, we are able to enjoy a world of flowers, fruits, and plants grown for food and used in beverages, medicine, condiments, fabrics and spices.  Indirectly, pollinators play a big role in the majority of what we eat and consume. 

Unfortunately, there is an alarming worldwide decline in pollinator populations due to the use of pesticides and natural habitats being built upon.

We can make a positive difference in our school environment and community by providing pollinators with a natural environment by building a pollinator garden.  By using an assortment of flowering plants that provide a nectar source for many pollinators, host plants for butterflies to lay eggs and salt licks for bees and butterflies to stop by and drink water, we would help increase the pollinator populations.

This is also an opportunity for our students in an urban environment to have an opportunity to learn about gardening, how to care for and respect their environment and the environment of other animals. 


Disbursement budget:

With the extra 518.81 raised over our goal we will purchase the following items as well:

Greenes Raised Beds 8x4x10.5

Rain barrels

Spigot lock

Leader hoses (for the rain barrel)

Shed (w/lock to prevent theft)

Master lock

Compost Tumbler

Peat moss

Extra Garden Gloves

Kneeling Pads

Bird Bath

Shepard Hooks

Hummingbird Feeders

Large Planters

Extra watering cans

RAISED = $4,020.00
less ioby Platform Fee  $35.00
less ioby Fiscal Sponsorship Fee (5%) $184.49
less ioby Donation Processing Fee (3%) $110.69


Original budget:

Lumber for raised beds (40)                                 171

Anchor posts for raised beds (5)                           30
Screws (1)                                                             30
Concrete Edging (30)                                            42
Delivery (1)                                                           65
65 Cu Ft Soil (2)                                                   1,138
Cu Ft Compost (120)                                            454
2 Cu Ft Mulch (50)                                               167
Assorted Perennial Nectar& Host Plants              600
Hose 100 ft (1)                                                      42           
Garden hoe (1)                                                      13
Garden rake (1)                                                     13
Garden spade (2)                                                   56
Hand trowel (4)                                                     32
Digging Shovel (2)                                                44
Watering Cans (2)                                                  20
Garden Stakes (1)                                                  36
Garden Sprayer (1)                                                15
Wheelbarrow (1)                                                    90
 15-30-15 Fertilizer                                               14
Garden Gloves (10)                                               30
Paint Sets (2)                                                         35
Wood For Signs (2)                                               34

SUBTOTAL = $3,171
ioby Platform Fee  $35
ioby Donation Processing Fee (3%) $95



Project Complete

With the help of students, parents and faculty members our pollinator garden project is complete.  Many thanks to all our donors who made this opportunity possible for our students.  We have a created a space where local pollinators can call their home and have implemented sustainable environmental garden practices.  We also have planted many plants that require pollination for students to see pollination in full effect. 

A Home for Pollinators

We planted host plants and nectar plants and this past summer and fall it paid off.  We had many butterflies lay eggs on host plants and feed on the flowers of our nectar plants.  The caterpillars had a feast in our garden with all the plants we provided for them.  

Garden Rock Art

Students created garden art!  They painted river stones in bright colored designs to mirror the colors of the flowers in the garden that attract pollinators.  

Recycled Tire Planters

Students, parents, guardians and teachers worked to gether to paint used tires that were cut to be planters for some of our nectar plant sources. Students prepared soil, and planted some perennial and annual plants that would provide nectar for pollinators.  

Installing a Small Fence

Students worked together to install a small fence around the designated garden space.  We are hoping that by installing the fence, community members will begin to visualize the beginning stages of our pollinator garden and help us in keeping it clean and maintaining it. 

Thank you to our donors!


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Local Farm Visit

Ms. Montalvo, the pollinator garden project leader, vistied Gasko's Family Farm and Greenhouses over Spring break to select some perennial plants and shrubs that attract pollinators to be featured in the pollinator garden.  

Starting Seeds

Some of our students have started seeds indoors.  They have selected seeds of plants that require pollination such as tomatoes, cucumbers and pumpkins.  The pumkin seeds they are using are the actual seeds they saved from the pumpkin they cut open in october to explore.  Once the plants are mature and the pollinator garden is built, they will transplant them and watch to see if they will be pollinated and grow fruits. 

Thank You Wall

Students worked to make thank you flowers to add to our Thank You Wall. The wall features a fundraising thermometer, the names of our donors, and pictures of some familiar pollinators. School 28 is starting an after school club with students who are interested in helping designing and building the garden.


This is where photos will go once we build flickr integration


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  • James M.
  • Kelee M.
  • Abel, Kathy & Kids
  • Tina Flesch
  • Jilly and Joseph Stough
  • Mrs. Marino :)
  • Your 6 year old kindred spirit:)
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