A Schoolyard Radish is worth 1000 words.

We are off to an EARLY START !

Thanks to 

"Healthy Schools, Healthy Children" for 

our Light Garden and 

the LBI PTA 

for our Cold Frame 

Ethel A. Jacobsen Elementary School Green Space a Blue Ribbon Winner

  "More than 300 gardens throughout New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Delaware –  flower gardens, vegetable gardens, community gardens, urban farms,  parks and more – vied for recognition in the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society’s 2018 Gardening and Greening Contest. The Ethel A. Jacobsen  Elementary School in Surf City was named a blue ribbon winner in the  children’s/school garden category, underscoring the work that students,  faculty, staff and community members have put in to the edible garden  beds, flowers, wildlife habitat, monarch way-station and rain gardens on  the school grounds."  

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Squashing Hunger, an EJ Garden Event

Featured Pat Zietlow Miller author of Sophie's Squash, Sweet & Savory Butternut Squash by Ship Bottom's Greenhouse Cafe and a hearty Food Drive and monetary donation to St. Francis Food Pantry from our students and their teachers to this community.

The SandPaper article "Jacobsen School and Friends Rally to 'Squash' Hunger"

is found here.

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Ethel A. Jacobsen Elementary School

Classroom Close-Up Episode


Classroom Close-up NJ is television program that features innovative projects in NJ public schools. 

View our garden episode entitled:


Island Schoolyard Garden 

 Classroom Close-up NJ has garnered 15 Emmy® awards and airs on NJTV.

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NJ Farm to School Award



New Jersey Secretary of Agriculture presented Ethel Jacobsen Elementary School in Surf City with the  

“Best in New Jersey F2S Award.” 


“We applaud the Ethel Jacobsen School and the Long Beach Island School District not only for all the effort put into their Farm to School program but the enthusiasm with which they have  approached it.”

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What's In The Garden?


 Our Outdoor Edible Garden is fast asleep except for the young Garlic . 

Our Hydroponic Garden has:





Our Light Garden has seedlings of:






Winter Map

Our garden is proudly . . . Certified Naturally Grown

Visit Our Garden-Based Learning Classrooms

279 Days of Schoolyard Gardening

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Gardening is a way of showing that you believe in tomorrow - Author Unknown

Digging In The Dirt

Ethel Jacobsen Elementary School 200 Barnegat Ave. Surf City, NJ 08008

609 494 2341

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