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Community Garden Teaches Students Real Life Lessons

10:20 AM, Jun 30, 2010   |    comments
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Seven years ago, a group of teachers at the middle school partnered with the local business community to start the community garden project. With the help of their teachers, and some local volunteers, the students maintain half an acre of crops, including carrots, tomatoes, cucumbers, onions, and garlic. According to the Community Garden's lead teacher Steve Tanguay, they adhere to mostly organic principals. The students harvest some vegetables for use in their school cafeteria and donate some to a local food pantry. They also hold their own farmers market every Tuesday and Thursday at the beginning of the school year. Tucker Sturdevant is one of the students who volunteers to work in the garden. "It's just fun to be outside instead of sitting in some chair all day and working on papers and you get to grow stuff and see it grow over the summer. It's really cool," said Sturdevant. The students also attend the Common Ground Fair in Unity, and have taken home several blue ribbons over the years. If you would like more information about Troy Howard Middle School's Community Garden Project, click on the related link.

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