Our MHE Mustang Heritage…
Our school land was once part of Moss Farm Ranch where Harry S. Moss’ racehorses roamed free, thus the reason for our “Mustang” school mascot. We brought back the farm to Moss Farm by allocating part of our school grounds to a rich & fruitful educational experience with an Outdoor Learning Environment “Farm.”
In the Spring of 2011, the MHE PTA disbursed “seed” money to start a garden on the school grounds. A team of parents and educators visited other area school gardens and developed a business plan to submit to Richardson ISD for approval. Quickly, the news spread that Moss Haven was starting a school garden and a parent shared that the American Heart Association offers a Teaching Garden Program. Well, our team of passionate parents reached out to the AHA, which is headquartered just a stone’s throw away from the campus, and was able to secure partnership funding for MHE to become 1 of 47 national Teaching Garden sites.
With some sweet equity, a team of committed volunteers and strong project management, the Moss Haven Farm officially started “growing” in March 2012. The entire school along with special community guests attended an outdoor Farm Round Up where students were able to plant their first crop in their designated class raised garden bed – FARMtastic!
GROWING BRAINS, BODIES & BROCCOLI. . .
Since March 2012, we we’ve grown from a grassy knoll to 23 raised beds, a farm field and chicken coop. The Farm encourages environmental awareness, nutrition and outdoor learning environment with math, science and reading. Outdoor gardening provides a unique educational environment for students to experience the wonder of the entire food-growth process from seed and soil to our tables at home.