The gardening classes always start and end the same way. We begin with the same verse or song all year and we always end by saying "good bye and thank you" Taking the time to slow down and hold a consistent rhythm is something the children can count on week after week in a world that can often be rushed and chaotic.

This year the first and second grade will be making bouquets of flowers and herbs from our garden to be given to the other classes for their nature tables and to beautify the classrooms. The purpose of this is to allow the younger children to experience how it feels to bring beauty and joy to their community.


gardening teacher

Jill Bell

Jill Bell has a Bachelor of Arts Degree in English with a minor in French from Minnesota State University in Mankato, MN. She has co-owned and operated Bell Organic Farm with her husband David since 1998. Her interests include hiking, rock climbing, and cooking. She and her husband have 3 children ages 14, 9, and 3. Jill grew up in a small farm community in South Dakota where she and her family cultivated a large garden every year. She has always enjoyed canning and preserving the harvest with her mother and grandmother. Now she loves passing this tradition on to her children and looks forward to sharing this knowledge with the Wasatch Charter School community.

We have arrived at a point in time when the importance of the individual is being placed at a much higher premium than that of the importance of the whole of humanity. Waldorf Education gently teaches our individualized children that they are a part of a whole community and that we must all work together toward a common goals.

—Jill Bell, Gardening Teacher