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If students learn more by doing, then the Wilmot Elementary School fourth graders are going to be well versed in gardening. The students won an indoor tower garden from Juice Plus through an essay …
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If students learn more by doing, then the Wilmot Elementary School fourth graders are going to be well versed in gardening.
The students won an indoor tower garden from Juice Plus through an essay contest, and they planted seeds in trays last week, planning to transplant the seedlings into the 5-foot-tall structure. The result: fresh vegetables and herbs that the classes can use, and students hope to donate extras to a local food bank.
Fourth grader Lucia Templeton said starter seed cubes would help the seeds to grow, while Tessa Templeton estimated it would take three weeks before the tower garden would be teeming with greenery. They planted seeds for lettuce, basil, parsley and other greens.
Students wrote essays about the plant cycle — from seed to harvest — for the contest, and fourth grader Sydney Shaver’s essay won. Sydney explained that her essay included details about the chronology of the plant cycle and how bees were important.
Teacher Linda Benton said all of the students were winners because students will get an up-close-and-personal look at growing plants since the tower garden is situated in the hallway outside the fourth-grade classrooms. It’s a great way for them to watch the plant cycle from beginning to end, she said.
While the tower structure is currently white, it will soon be lush with green plants. The indoor garden will provide vegetables all year compared with the beds in the community garden in front of the school that are currently fallow.
Fourth grader Adam Zoldowski said students hope they can grow other vegetables in addition to leafy greens and herbs, and students agreed it was important to help others by supplying them with fresh vegetables.
“(The vegetables) will be very good for them,” Sydney said. “They will be really good because they’re fresh.”
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