Students at Hickory High School in Hermitage, PA are learning how food is grown thanks to a new vegetable garden in their school courtyard.
This spring, the school district’s food service director and Green Team adviser discussed the possibility of an on-campus garden. They knew the garden’s bounty could be used in the school cafeteria and home economics classes. Home Ec. students could tend to the compost pile and learn how to can produce. Students would be able to help plant vegetables, see their food growing, and help harvest it. They could learn how local gardens reduce our carbon footprint and provide food that doesn’t have to be transported thousands of miles from farm to table.
With the help of a community garden group, an Eagle Scout candidate and Boy School troop, the High School Green Team and faculty worked together to build, prepare and plant four raised vegetable beds, six blueberry bushes and a butterfly garden with perennials. Planting the garden with people of all ages, young and old, was a wonderful experience!