EDMOND — Students in the after-school program at St. Mary's Episcopal School recently started an organic vegetable garden.
Charlie Schultheis, Caden Trammell and Josh Swisher initiated the project by asking program director Donna Mackeiwicz if they could plant seeds they found while hiking.
Third-grader Charlie said, “This will make Mrs. White's life so much easier. We can grow and pick fresh vegetables, and she can cook them for lunch.”
Connie White is lunch coordinator for the school.
The students created a raised bed near the permanent outdoor classroom, and a separate garden in a grassy area close to the playground.
Before the seeds could be planted in the grassy area, the students had to remove an area of sod which they replanted in other areas.
Then they tilled the soil with hand rakes and added manure. They repurposed unused playground borders to frame the garden. Parents donated seeds for peppers, carrots and lettuce, along with tomato, garlic and onion plants.
The students have vowed to keep the garden all summer and plan to eat fresh salsa in the fall made from their school-grown ingredients.
Gayle Jones is director of development and marketing for St. Mary's Episcopal School.