March 13, 2011
Volunteers are planting the seeds of education in Albemarle County for a lesson on healthy living and healthy eating.
Greer Elementary School is the recipient of a grant to fix up its garden beds. Volunteers from the Piedmont Landscape Association spent the day building the beds and tilling the land that will soon grow fresh produce.
"I think a lot of our students assume that food just appears from the grocery store, so for them to really be able to see how a plant starts and how we can get it on people's tables is just a huge lesson," second-grade teacher Kristen Wray said.
Greer students will take care of the garden and learn what it takes to grow and use the food from their own front yard.
"Students want to be able to tend to the garden as an understanding for what it takes to grow and utilize the food that you grow from scratch," physical education teacher Barbara Watson said.
Organizers said the school will also help out the community with the new garden and donate some vegetables they grow to the Blue Ridge Area Food Bank.
Local charity QuickStart Tennis is sponsoring the garden.