Tribune-Courier features editor
Last fall, Aimee Lepisto, Principal at North Marshall Middle School, had an idea to start a garden at the school. After consulting with staff and community members, her idea became a plan and the plan became a school project.
A lot next to the school, was lined out, dug up and tilled. Raised beds were created, placed and filled and the school’s “community garden” is officially underway.
The garden is maintained by Jeff Jones, Aaron Edwards, (science teachers at the school), other staff members and students. The students participate in “Garden Club” atleast an hour a week, after school on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
“I really like gardening,” Sam Pinnegar, eighth grade, said when asked why he joined the club, “It’s also better than just sitting at home being bored.”
“It fills a gap,” Jeff Jones said, “Some students aren’t in sports or band. This is something completely different that they can be part of.”
The garden and raised beds are planted with a variety of seeds, including strawberry, watermelon, pepper, squash, cucumber, broccoli, onion, tomato, garlic, green bean and potato. All the fruits and vegetables will be available for students and their families.
“This is a community garden and we want to teach the kids about giving back to the community,” Jones said.
The garden would not have been possible if it weren’t for the sponsors, community members and families who have donated materials and time. The sponsors are, Tim Brown, Custom Automotive; Mark and Kenny Westfall, Holly Nursery; Tim Ferrell, MC Co-Op; Doug Lyles, MCHS Greenhouse; Phelps Farm Service, Randy Greer Excavating; Eric Thurston, Tru Green Lawn Service, Barry Barrett, Brent Edwards, Terrance and Melissa Fiske Crate and Betty Tolbert.
For more information about North Marshall Middle School’s Community Garden, or to donate, phone the school at 395 - 7108.