School gardens enjoy bountiful summer


Jessica Mella (right) nutrition and wellness coordinator for the Plymouth School District, works in Plymouth High School garden with students from Extra Mile Child Care. — Submitted photo Jessica Mella (right) nutrition and wellness coordinator for the Plymouth School District, works in Plymouth High School garden with students from Extra Mile Child Care. — Submitted photo Thanks to help from school families and other community members, Plymouth School District gardens flourished this summer.

“The gardens are a great example of community collaboration that benefits others in our community,” said Kathryn Murray, director of Community Education and Recreation, which coordinated the summer volunteers.

Students planted seeds and starter plants in the gardens at the end of the 2013-14 school year. The harvest included tomatoes, peppers, cabbage, broccoli, onions, watermelon, potatoes, kohlrabi, beans, peas, squash, cucumbers and herbs.

Volunteers tended to plots or beds in the gardens, in exchange for fresh produce. Surplus produce was donated to the Plymouth Food Pantry.

Seven families, two college students and a 4H troop worked in the gardens at Plymouth High School; four families covered the Riverview Middle School garden; and five families helped in the Horizon Elementary School garden.

New resources assisted volunteers this year. A garden manager, PHS junior Sierra Schulz, was available to answer questions. In addition, PHS students created a Garden Guide featuring all garden plants available for community use to help volunteers know what the plants should look like, growing tips and when to pick the produce.

A Garden Journal allowed all involved to communicate with each other.

Others helped as well. PHS student Rachel Romps created a metal stick-figure sculptures in the PHS welding lab for the garden, and district art teachers have plans to expand the garden art in the fall. Retired PHS associate principal Pam Harney donated a water tank for the Riverview garden, which the Plymouth Fire Department filled.

Jessica Mella, district nutrition and wellness coordinator, led 35 kids from Extra Mile Child Care in garden-themed activities during two days in early August. Students had fun tasting fresh vegetables such as kohlrabi and making salad.


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