A really nice article from the AJC:
In the last few years, having a garden on the grounds has become a favorite asset at many schools. Particularly in urban areas, a patch producing vegetables and herbs gives students insight into an assortment of lessons, from basic biology and food production to nutrition.
At Peachtree Charter Middle in Dunwoody, seventh-grade life sciences teacher Anne Nancy Bustamante has been tapping onto those lessons for five years. And she’s also found a way to make the school’s garden a community outreach project.
“We started talking about a garden in 2011 when a parent volunteer brought us the idea,” said Bustamante, who has been part of the Peachtree faculty for 15 years. “Now, they’ve become the ‘in’ thing to have.”
Students from Peachtree Charter Middle School in Dunwoody have turned a project on growing sweet potatoes into a community outreach that helps feed needy residents in the area.
In 2012, with the support of the school community, volunteers pitched in with a local Boy Scout troop to build eight raised beds and fill them with soil.
But it wasn’t until 2013 that the program took off after parent Tina Wilkinson suggested planting sweet potatoes.
Click the following link to read the remainder of the article: http://www.ajc.com/news/news/local/making-the-grade-school-project-helps-communitys-n/nqQ72/