Wednesday, May 19, 2010
Enthusiasm for schoolyard gardens has been picking up across the country, and it makes sense -- what better way to illustrate the connection between farms and food to our kids than to have them participate directly in the process?
I'm also happy to report that our little city is in on the game, too. Local Food Hub is excited to see these gems popping up everywhere and amazed at the enthusiasm and creativity behind them. Here are two that we are happy to be supporting:
Buford School Yard Garden: We're proud to say that we knew the Buford Garden back when it was just a glimmer of an idea in Linda Winecoff's eyes -- and my how it's grown! They've got fences going up and seedlings being donated -- Local Food Hub donated a flat of organic tomatoes, onions, peppers and squash back in March -- and a Buford Garden Club to keep things moving. This summer, the Boys & Girls Club will help keep the garden in tip-top shape. I can't wait to see how it turns out!
Peabody School: The Peabody School also broke ground this spring, thanks to parent and garden enthusiast, Charity Donnelly. The garden had fallen into disuse over the years, but after she heard about our Plant a Row program, Charity decided it was time to brush off the garden tools and get it running again. The kids helped clean it up over the past month, we donated a flat of seedlings to get them started, and NBC 29 News even came out to capture it all on film. All of the produce grown in the garden this year will be donated to the hungry through our campaign. What a great idea, if we do say so ourselves!
We also know that Cale Elementary has embarked upon an ambitious garden this year. We love this stuff! Do you know about other school gardens in our area? Share them with us!
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