The science of service

The Whitehall High School environmental science class got the chance to get down and dirty with the environment behind the Whitehall United Methodist Church last week.

The students took part in a service project for the Whitehall Community Garden by planting the vegetables that will be used by the Whitehall Ecumenical Food Pantry.

“I like the fact that we get to do this and I think that this is a good idea,” said environmental science teacher Mark Goodrich. “They learn about biology and have a chance to help out with the community garden.”

“They are doing a lot of service here and they are also paying it forward,” said Marie Monty, a member of Organizing Rural Community Assets (ORCA), who helped develop the plan for the garden.

Goodrich said along with the chance to get outside and help a community organization, the lessons the students learned in preparing and planting a garden will help them in their own backyards someday.

“This is a life skill,” he said. “Now, they will know what to do and be able to have their own gardens someday.”

“They are getting a great lesson here,” said Monty.

Students planted seeds for carrots and cucumbers along with preparing areas and planting tomato trees. The garden received seeds as a donation from Skenesborough Gardens and plants from George Armstrong and Mary Ward.

Monty said there will be other groups that will be helping to maintain the garden throughout the summer.

“One of the Girl Scout troops will be spending a significant amount of time on the garden for their project,” said Monty. “Anyone else who wants to volunteer is certainly more than welcome to join us.”

“We are very excited to be doing this,” said the Rev. Ginny Deyo, UMC pastor. “It’s great to have the garden here and to be working with Marie and ORCA.”

For more information on the community garden or to volunteer, contact Monty at 499-2563.

 

Comments

comments

Read more in this week's Times in newsstands now or click here to read right now with our e-edition.

Tags: , , , , , , , , , , ,

Northshire Freepress 12/19/14

North Country Freepress – 12/19/14

Weekender 12/12/14

Lakes Region Freepress 12/19/14

Classifieds 12/17/14

Girls fall to Greenwich in opener

A stingy defense was too much for Granville to overcome in season opener Friday night. Granville was held to seven […]

Girls compete with Cougars

The Whitehall girls’ basketball team (0-3) is still seeking its first win of the season. However, the girls stuck with […]

Boys’ hoops handed first loss

After leaping out to a 2-0 start, the Whitehall boys’ basketball team was grounded at North Warren, 65-43. To say […]

Main Street rebounding, says dog salon owner

Dog Salon

By Dan King Malin Shepherd’s new dog salon on Main Street is a sign, she says, that the street is […]

What are you drinking?

Whitehall water

By Dan King If you live in the Village of Whitehall, your drinking water is perfectly healthy. That’s what the […]

Dared by friends, she write a novel

Author

By Derek Liebig It started with a dare. A few years ago, Granville resident Michele Sargent was having lunch with […]

Town to host hearing on fire protection

By Derek Liebig The town board will hold a public hearing later this month on proposed contracts for fire protection […]