Our fourth graders are growing their own vegetables this winter thanks to a grant they received in December from the South Plains Hunger Solutions & Horticulture team.

The grant is part of the South Plains Hunger Solutions, a coalition of diverse organizations and community leaders that seeks to “empower all South Plains residents to have access to healthy food.” The particular mission of the Hunger and Horticulture action team is to further this goal by “increasing awareness about locally grown food and supporting small-scale local food projects.” The grant is funded by the Mayor’s Fitness Council. All Saints is one of eight schools to receive the grant.

The money is being utilized to purchase materials to cover the raised beds for the winter. These supplies include plastic, pvc, rebar to anchor the pvc, and cinder blocks to hold down the ends of the bed tunnels. The students also received seeds from Little Red Riding Hood Nursery.

Dr. Penny Carpenter is working with the students as they apply math and science skills to build and nurture their garden. The project is also giving students an opportunity to work directly with experts from the Hunger & Horticulture team. The Lubbock County Extension Agent visited the students and toured their garden last month.

The fourth grade raised beds are located next to the west entrance of Jones Gym. It will be fun to see the “fruits” of their labor take sprout. Way to go, Patriots!