Since its inception in 2009, the Edible School Garden at Mt. Washington Elementary School has become integral to the core academic mission of the school. The garden helps bring alive every subject from reading and writing to science and art, not to mention the practice of healthy eating habits. It creates a level of hands-on education in which children themselves do the work in the vegetable beds as it awakens their senses and opens their minds both to core academic subjects and to the world around them. Developed and sustained by parent volunteers the Edible School Garden is funded by a produce box service offered to the community which provides a $3.00 rebate per box back to the school garden project. Funds raised have built garden beds and in the coming months will help initiate a pilot compost project for the school.