Staff Writer

Just six weeks after the students planted everything from okra and eggplant to watermelon and tomatoes, the garden at West Clay Elementary School already is producing. On the last day of school Friday, teachers enjoyed salads with lettuce and onions picked from the garden. During the summer, teachers and school staff will organize regular weekly work groups to maintain the garden and share produce in the community, possibly having farm markets to raise money to sustain the garden from year-to-year. It also will be up and running still when students return in August. The garden was initially funded by a $15,000 Blue Cross Blue Shield Foundation grant. Students from the Career Technology Center at West Point High built the raised boxes and helped West Clay students fill them in. Planting began in mid-April.

West Clay staff members Michael Veazey and Beverly McKinney enjoy a salad from the school’s garden.