New Toledo learning garden greenhouse opens

Kids learning to garden at Toledo Elementary School can now be part of the full growing process, from seed to fruit, thanks to a new greenhouse built in the school’s garden.

The Toledo Learning Garden and the Cowlitz Indian Tribe hosted a ribbon-cutting and blessing for a new greenhouse on Saturday, August 26, to celebrate the years of hard work that went into the greenhouse project and to spiritually prepare the space for new growth.

“What we’re going to do is just bless this wonderful, wonderful greenhouse and hopefully give it a fresh, energized start for its lifetime and what it’s going to do in the community,” said Cowlitz Indian Tribe Elder and Spiritual Leader Tanna Engdahl ahead of her spirit walk in the greenhouse with Cowlitz Indian Tribe Culture Board President John O’Brien on Saturday.

“We know that it will foster life, it will nurture growth, and it will be part of all of you, especially the founders, who are going to launch it into the future for you to learn to grow along with it,” she said of the greenhouse.

The new greenhouse will allow Toledo students learning gardening through the school’s garden science classes to germinate seeds on-site instead of shipping them off after planting and picking them up when they are mature enough to transplant.