School Garden Takes Off!

May was a big month for the school garden and greenhouse project at Highland County Public Schools! Collaborating with school grants writer Sarah Harman, the project secured $5,500 in grant funding from Lowe’s Toolbox for Education and the Community Foundation of the Central Blue Ridge for school garden construction, greenhouse renovation, and program development. Here’s an update of our progress so far!

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Elementary Groundbreaking Ceremony.

Raised Beds

Elementary students broke ground on the four raised beds on May 9. Local radio station WVLS covered the Raised Bed Ceremony. Middle and high school agriculture students constructed and set the raised beds and 4-H club members filled the beds with topsoil. Since then, preschoolers, 5th graders and 6th graders have planted into the raised beds.

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Middle School 4-H students help fill in the raised beds.
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Sixth graders transplant lettuce.











Agriculture students and 4-H club members started a variety of plants and made basic greenhouse repairs.  Agriculture students constructed two raised beds in the greenhouse and transplanted lettuce they started earlier this spring into these beds. In addition to watering daily, these students are collecting kitchen scraps from the school cafeteria for their compost pile.

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Before and after pictures of the school greenhouse.
Lettuce growing in school greenhouse.













For more information about the School Garden Project listen to WVLS interview with Local Foods Coordinator Jessa Fowler or e-mail

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