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School volunteers build community garden

Posted: Friday, May 3rd, 2013

A warm sunny day made Saturday a great day for gardening and the many volunteers who gathered to build and plant beds at the Siuslaw Elementary School. The food will be donated to local charities.

On Saturday, April 27, more than a dozen people gathered to build a garden at Siuslaw Elementary School. Volunteers included SES staff, parents and students, as well as community members.

The garden, installed on the south end of the intermediate building, consists of six raised beds. Workers built, filled and planted the beds in about six hours.

School gardens are on the increase across the country. They range from simple flowerbeds to vegetable plots growing food to be served in school cafeterias. At present, SES plans to donate all crops from the garden to local charity. Depending on the garden's production, students may eventually have the opportunity to sample some of their bounty in the classroom.

The six beds were paid for by donations from Florence Rotary and the Siuslaw High School Rotary’s InterAct. The cash donation, along with discounted material from Honeyman Nursery and Landscaping and Pro Lumber, and plant starts donated by Whiskey Creek Organics, allowed for about half the available garden space to be filled on the very first day.

For the complete article see the 05-04-2013 issue.

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