Summer Boost Express workers develop garden project

A return to the Arnoldsburg sod

By Bob Weaver

A new community garden project is underway at Arnoldsburg Elementary School, a grant funded project that teaches gardening and provides garden space for those living in the Arnoldsburg community.

The $20,000 project provides vegetable growing beds, and is an addition to the school's already developed high tunnel growing project.

Principal Thomas recognizes the school's
already developed High Tunnel growing project

The new garden project includes raised beds, gravel pathways, a storage building and fencing.

The community garden project was funded in part by grants from the Parkersburg Area Community Foundation, Child Nutrition, and a Innovative Zone Grant. Volunteers include Charles Thomas, Principal, Jack Marks, Dean Marks, Burl Cottrell, Rick Sampson, Wanda Wayne, Summer Boost Express mentors and Scott Golinsky, Sight Supervisor of Summer Boost Express.

Those interested in having a garden space should contact the school at 304-655-8616 and speak with Tracey Keaton or leave a message.

Arnoldsburg principal Charles Thomas said, "These projects are ways to teach children about growing food, in addition to reaching out to the community."

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