Prescott – The TR Leger School of Adult, Alternative and Continuing Education is hosting a public meeting this week seeking partners for a community garden to be created on the grounds of the school’s Prescott campus.
The public meeting for “The Green Design Community Garden” will take place at 1:00 p.m. on Friday, March 31st at the campus, located at 490 Jessup Street. The meeting will be an opportunity for the school and community partners to determine what steps are necessary to make the project a reality and how it will run.
The garden will be created in stages, with the first of three sections tentatively scheduled to open for planting in late April. Phase one will involve a 40-square foot section comprised of small wood-bordered raised garden beds. The school has received a $4,500 Community-Connected Experiential Learning Project Grant to fund the initiative.
“It is an amazing opportunity for our community and our students to learn how to grow their own food and how to feed themselves,” said Nicole Poyner, a guidance teacher who is spearheading the project.
“I grew up gardening and I just love it. I look forward to sharing that love of gardening with all of my students.”
The garden will be created as a combined effort among students, community partners and volunteers. Students will assist by building the beds along with community volunteers and will help community partners tend to the garden. Students will benefit from the extensive knowledge of gardening many volunteers have developed over the years. The project will offer students practical learning about plant growth and care, how to build garden boxes, soil composition and other key gardening skills.
The initiative will permit the school to enhance its connections within the community, and community partners will benefit from having access to fresh produce while ensuring the project runs successfully from June to August when the school is closed for the summer break.