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School Organic Greenhouse

Our own School greenhouse, which makes up one side of our central courtyard, or Brahmasthan, produces an abundance of organic vegetables, fruit, herbs, and flowers.  The vegetables are served in the school lunches, which are freshly prepared, organic, and vegetarian. The fruit, herbs, and flowers are sold within the local community, which supports further activities of the greenhouse.

We want our students to enjoy healthy, delicious food. The quality of food contributes vitally to their health and well-being, and the school is committed to providing only the highest quality, organic fresh food, free of pesticides and other harmful toxins.

In 2004 the School greenhouse won the Organic Silver Award from the Rodale Institute for the permaculture style of garden in the greenhouse.  The story of this award can be found at the Rodale Institute’s website for children.

We are very proud of our greenhouse. It is tended by a group of School mothers who are passionate about the quality of food produced for their children. It is a pleasure to see the variety and abundance of the crops that are produced. A small orchard has been planted outside in the courtyard, with trees starting to bear fruit.

The greenhouse also gives our students an opportunity to gain a firsthand understanding about the application of healthy farming principles and organic food production. Our science teachers, together with our greenhouse gardeners, have developed a curriculum that gives the students practical experience in the greenhouse to more fully understand these important principles instead of just reading and learning about them in a classroom.

Maharishi School greenhouse is a key feature of our School life, which gives our students a lively understanding of one of the most important aspects of life—the food we eat.

“It is my view that the vegetarian manner of living, by its purely physical effect on the human temperament, would most beneficially influence the lot of mankind.” —Albert Einstein

“I have from an early age abjured from the use of meat.” —Leonardo da Vinci