The Delmarva Community Wellnet

The SNAC Garden (School Nutrition Agri-Culture) transforms the schoolyard into a vibrant outdoor classroom and thriving ecosystem where children and families can get first-hand experience in growing wholesome food.

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Due to the overwhelming effects of COVID 19 on our students in Delaware, we seek additional funding to expand the SNAC Program to Title I Schools within IRSD in Sussex County Delaware. After funding is obtained, SNAC will work with IRSD to choose the best next target school that has high level of federal free or low-cost lunch program students or is Title I school.The potential expansion of this program can be at one or more of the following schools, depending on the funding available.The eligible schools are: Clayton (John M.) Elementary, East Millsboro Elementary, Georgetown Elementary, Georgetown Kindergarten Center, Georgetown Middle, Long Neck Elementary, Lord Baltimore Elementary, Millsboro Middle, North Georgetown Elementary, Selbyville Middle, and/or Showell (Phillip C.) Elementary. The long-range vision includes serving all of these schools in the next five to ten years, depending on available funding and district/state priorities. 

About The Delmarva Community Wellnet

Mission: The SNAC Garden (School Nutrition Agri-Culture) transforms the schoolyard into a vibrant outdoor classroom and thriving ecosystem where children and families can get first-hand experience in growing wholesome food.

 We foster a connection to the environment and community through integrated lesson plans including ecological stewardship, healthy habits, mindfulness in the garden, and art engagement. Studies have shown that students exposed to fruits and vegetables through a school garden are more likely to incorporate them into their eating habits later in life. 

The flagship SNAC Program is located at Southern Delaware School of the Arts in Selbyville (SDSA) through coordinated support with the teachers, administrators, and parent volunteers. The SNAC Garden includes two outdoor classroom areas, a greenhouse, several raised beds, and spaces with a “habitat-based approach, including a woodland area, composting bins, and rain barrels.

We have successfully run a curriculum-based garden program since fall 2011 at The Southern Delaware School of the Arts (SDSA) located in Selbyville.  There are approximately 465 students in grades K to 8th who receive the benefits.  The program director and teachers from each grade level help maintain the garden, and all students in the school are attending SNAC lessons 6-8 times each Fall and again in the spring, providing over 150 volunteer hours of garden based learning each year