“They can still learn science and math concepts out here while using their energy to experience the environment,” she said.
It’s the second year for the garden project, which last fall saw a harvest of cucumbers, peppers, tomatoes, brussel sprouts, broccoli and lots of herbs taken home by the teen gardeners.
Among them was Will Miller, a senior at the school, who donned his gardening gloves and joined classmates in preparing fresh garden soil for planting.
“I really like being out in the fresh air but also are a lot smells and tastes out here. Last year I brought home peppers and cucumbers,” said Miller.
“It’s really fun. It’s great to be out here and enjoying the nature,” he said.
Joni Copas, spokesperson for Hamilton schools, said “this is such great collaboration between so many different classes,” as she gazed over the wooden, custom-made flower beds, structures and disabled-access picnic tables and benches all created by Hamilton’s career school wood-working students.
“And the staff comes out to enjoy the beauty of the garden,” and so many local companies also contribute soil, garden supplies.”
The garden is walled in by surrounding wings of the high school building and she said “all you have to worry about are bugs and birds” getting into the student garden.
“It’s a great way for these kids to get their hands dirty and feel a part of the earth,” said Copas.