One of the two initial CitySprouts gardens in Cambridge, the first Haggerty raised beds were constructed in 2002 on the north side of the school. Over the next five years, ‘pockets’ of gardens popped up around the periphery of the school grounds. In 2007, Haggerty received a grant to construct a new outdoor classroom garden on the south side of the school, effectively gathering the many garden areas into one outdoor classroom garden. The Haggerty garden features raised beds, a copper-paneled garden bench created by artist Mitch Ryerson and Haggerty fifth graders, and a Five Senses garden. The garden has a shed and composter.
CitySprouts is a school garden program founded on the principle that all children should experience hands-on learning with real-world applications, support and practice in making good food choices, and a life-long connection to the natural world. CitySprouts’ garden educator is at the Haggerty School twice each week during the fall and spring to support teachers' lessons and projects in the school garden. Our FoodCorps service member helps teachers' with projects through the winter. Middle schoolers throughout the city participate in CitySprouts summer program in July and August.