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Students Tend Community Garden For Green Design Class

Julie Butterworth’s Green Design & Technology class at Springs Studio for Academic Excellence volunteered Sept. 22 in the Care and Share community garden. They will continue volunteering for the next four weeks.

Butterworth researched local gardens that students could visit to gain hands-on experience outside of the classroom. She reached out to Care & Share, adjacent to Springs Studio, and established a partnership. Emphasizing a project-based learning approach, she explained that the students would get first-hand experience about the challenges in the gardens.

Kitchen and Garden Coordinator Donna Ross lead the class through a tour of the gardens outside the facility. Guiding the students into a passive solar garden, she explained what the plants needed to thrive. The group then walked to the permaculture garden that “feeds on itself.”

The last stop on the tour was the community garden. Ross explained the she will used to produce to cook meals at the facility. Students grabbed gloves, shovels and buckets and began tending to the garden. They picked carrots, radishes, beans and peppers. The will prepare to put the plants at the gardens to bed for the season.

“[The curriculum] is very informative in the beginning, and now you get to actually experience it,” said twelfth-grader Janis Daley while picking carrots.

Twelfth-grader Curtis Ross Jr., explained that the class has learned about compost systems, waste, recycling and the environment. “I’m just glad I can actually help with this kind of stuff. Most people would be inside or on their electronics,” he said while watering a section of the garden.

“If we can teach kids that their foods come from the ground and not the grocery store, “ said Ross, “they can be self-sufficient.”
 
Twelfth-graders Janis Daley, 17, and Erick Stephenson, 17, dig for carrots Sept. 22 in the Care & Share community garden.
 
 Twelfth-graders Jordon Lancaster, 17, picks radishes Sept. 22 in the Care & Share community garden.
 
Twelfth-grader Chance Leutwiler, 17, pulls a wheelbarrow Sept. 22 in the Care & Share community garden.
 
 Twelfth-grader Curtis Ross Jr., 18, waters plants Sept. 22 in the Care & Share community garden.
 
 Twelfth-grader Jordon Lancaster, 17, helps collect tomatoes with Kitchen and Garden Coordinator Donna Ross.
 
Vegetables picked by students in Julie Butterworth’s Green Design & Technology class.  
Kayla Maldonado
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