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Memorial Middle School's savory success

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With plastic tubs in hand, these young harvesters are ready to see their crops.


"Right now we're picking some carrots and herbs. We're out here trying to harvest some of our vegetables that are starting to grow and our herbs," said Isabella Hopkins, a 7th grader at Memorial Middle School.

Through an SDSU grant called Seed to Table, Memorial Middle School is able to teach its students about farming.

"I dug the potato holes because those needed to be deep, and I guess I'm good at digging deep. I planted some tomatoes and herbs too," said Rebecca Penrod, an 8th grader at Memorial.

Since spring 20 students have been tending to the garden weekly. Seeing the fruits of their labor Friday was a real job. 

"We kind of got people together and started a garden. It started out really small. We didn't really know what to expect, but it really did turn out really good," said Hopkins.

For teacher and head garden tender, Brittany Henry, seeing the garden's growth matches seeing the student's.

"You don't always realize what you're going to be learning initially. Just through the process of planning the seeds, seeing it grow, harvesting, and even grilling. Just that whole process from seed to table has been fun," said Henry.

The garden's bounty is spreading to the classroom too. In Henry's consumer science class students learn ho to prepare fresh food.

From the tasters to the gardeners, the Memorial Middle School garden is a savory success.

"It's been a lot of fun," said Hopkins. "Would you guys agree guys? Yes!"


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