While some people may be trying to catch up on their sleep Saturday morning, the students, staff, and families of Berkshire Elementary School will convene at 8:00 a.m. to plant a garden! The West Palm Beach school has received generous funding from the Robert Wood Johnson Healthy Kids, Healthy Communities grant and will be planting over 200 vegetable and herb plants, seeds, and a small orchard of fruit trees. Second grade teacher Sarah Marshall is also one of the coordinators of the event. “Our goal is to reach out to our school and local community families to provide access to affordable fresh produce for pennies,” she stated. “ The proceeds of our harvests will go back into the garden to keep it up and running and to support education to our community on the benefits of eating fresh, healthy food she explained.
The team—including community supporters of the school, will also create a huge tile mosaic in the center of the garden. Throughout the day volunteers will enjoy music and food. Saturday’s planting event includes a fundraiser carwash with proceeds benefitting the Safety Patrol’s annual Washington, D.C. trip.
The school plans to host garden parties once the harvest is ready –expect a fun atmosphere of food, music, and an easy way for families to collect garden fresh produce and learn easy, family- friendly recipes to prepare at home. For details, contact Sarah Marshall at 615-498-0908 or email Sarah.firstname.lastname@example.org.