Garden of Giving: How Student Gardeners Are Putting Food on the Table
The spring weather is finally here which is a good sign for kids here at General Beadle Elementary. The front of the school may not look too impressive right now but soon it will be transformed into a lush garden.
"You know it's a colorful place for them, it's a happy place for them and it's something I think they're really proud of doing,” says Cheryl Jarding, the Garden Coordinator.
The garden is filled with flowers and fresh vegetables and even a few berry bushes, but what makes this garden so unique is how it helps the families in our communities put fresh produce on the table.
"The garden started off more as educational, then the produce started coming and coming and coming and its like you know what this can go right back to our kids and our families,” says Morgan Von Haden, the Community School Coordinator.
The kids at General Beadle do everything, from picking out the seed to pulling the weeds to watering their flowers and it's something organizers say gives kids a sense of ownership.
General Beadle Elementary has over 180 kids considered underprivileged and this year the food produced from the garden was handed out to over 60families in our area.
"Our school is truly a community school we want our kids and families to truly feel comfortable here so we want them to know the produce that you see- it's your produce. You can use it you can eat it, please take it,” says Von Haden.
Organizers are planning on expanding the garden to harvest more produce and to help families in need and even start a worm farm.
The garden is always looking for volunteers so if you would like to help or find more information you can call General Beadle Elementary at (605) 394-1841