Laurence is an urban oasis, part school, and part ecosystem. The Edible Garden is a joint venture between our science and cultural academic programs, and it gives our students the unique opportunity to experience project-based learning while getting their hands dirty. We empower sixth graders to practice leadership and collaboration in the soil, first learning and then teaching their buddies what insects do for our ecosystem. Students plant and nurture herbs and produce as a regular part of the curriculum, harvesting their own organic strawberries while tasting the natural sugar in stevia. Then they turn the berries into fresh jam, compost the waste, and finally, sell their products with pride at the Global Faire’s Farmers' Market table. Gardens get stronger and more fertile each year, and our students graduate knowing that their hard work will bear the fruit of a greener Laurence School for generations to come.