Savannah’s Organic Garden

Grow Your Own Contest!

Want Some Healthy, Competitive Fun That Shows How “Green-Thumbed” our Crocodiles Are?
Then Enter the “Grow Your Own” Contest!
Individuals Enter to Win 25 tickets for the Croc-A-Palooza Carnival!
Savannah’s Organic Garden wants you to show off your home grown plants for our carnival in May!
Starting January 27th, 2020 (or anytime thereafter) we ask any interested students of Canyon Vista to grow, from seed, their own plant(s) at home which will then be judged at the Croc-A-Palooza Carnival on Friday, May 1st.
Please bring in your plant(s) that morning labeled with:
 Your name
 Category you are trying to win (only one submission per category, so you may submit up to 6 plants total)
 Seedling type
 Date you planted the seed
Judging will be based on 2 main categories (using the Honor Code):
1) Organic Category: COMPLETELY organic, from the seeds, soil, and fertilizer (if used).
2) Open Category: Non-organic or only partly organic materials.
What you need:
 Seeds (a list of seed ideas is below, and don’t forget, you may start seeds insid
 4 X 4 inch container (or similar
 Soil or potting mix
 Water
 Fertilizer (optional)
 Good old fashioned love and attention
Prizes and Blue Ribbons given for both Organic and Open Categories for a total of 6 individual winners:
 Most Floral Organic, Healthiest Organic; and Ugliest Organic
 Most Floral Non-organic; Healthiest Non-organic; and Ugliest Non-organic
Just a few ideas for seeds to plant:
Flowers:  Sunflowers, Cosmos, Forget-Me-Nots.
Herbs: Basil, Cilantro, Thyme.
Vegetables: Lettuces, Chard, Spinach, Peas, Beans, Pumpkin.
Questions? Please email: Heather Brusky at


Mission Statement

Savannah’s Organic Garden is an outdoor learning space that teachers and parent leaders may use for subjects such as math, science, history, basic biology, nutrition and artistic development, while also encouraging sustainable gardening techniques, conservation, recycling and repurposing thereby making ourselves and our environment healthier.

Vision Statement

Savannah’s Organic Garden has been created to continue the legacy of Savannah, a brave little girl who fought pediatric cancer, and her passion for people, animals and nature by educating children and adults alike on the benefits of organic foods and gardening. With our garden, we aim to spread the seeds of a healthier future by involving our students and teachers in the organic process, from planting to harvesting to creating and enjoying healthy meals.

Savannah’s Organic Garden at Canyon Vista Elementary School is designed to be a sustainable, living laboratory and to provide a safe haven for beneficial flora and fauna. As an organic garden, there is no use of chemical herbicides, pesticides or fungicides.

Each garden area must meet the criteria of being aesthetically appealing and educational. The ultimate goal of the garden is that parent leaders and teachers will work together to use the garden as a natural resource for teaching subjects such as math, science, history, basic biology, nutrition and artistic development. The vision is that each child at Canyon Vista will participate in garden at least once a year.

Goals for working with our Students:

  • Stimulate curiosity and exploration.
  • Encourage healthy nutrition at school and at home.
  • Cultivate the joy of learning by providing opportunities for hands-on experiences within the school curricula.
  • Provide opportunities for students to take on leadership roles and share their ideas.
  • Make our school a healthier and greener environment by practicing sustainable gardening techniques, encouraging conservation,  recycling and repurposing when possible.
  • Teach students the joys of hard work and physical activity with the reward of our edible gardens and perpetuating multiple life cycles.

Goals for working with our Teachers:

  • Help formulate lesson plans according to Common Core Standards to bring the classes into the garden.
  • Provide guidance using teacher lessons and parent volunteers in the garden.
  • Via fundraising and PTA support, provide the funding needed to accomplish the goals of each teacher.



Are you interested in supporting Savannah’s Organic Garden?  Become a Garden Parent today!

Some things you would possibly do as a Garden Parent:

  • Help the teacher supervise children while in the garden
  • Plant and harvest seeds, fruits, vegetables and flowers
  • Care for the gardens by helping students with pruning, watering, sweeping
  • Help teach students science, art, and math using the garden as your resource
  • Keep the monarch caterpillars and butterflies flourishing
  • Partake in community service ventures, such as Boy Scout / Girl Scout requirements / advancements
  • Share in Savannah’s dream to use organic gardening to better our health

If you are interested in being a Garden Parent, please sign up at Back to School night or visit to learn more about what opportunities exist.

Thank you so much and we look forward to seeing you in the garden!

Heather Brusky,



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