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Garden Club donates $1,000 to school

October 4, 2018
By ED FRANKS ( , Pine Island Eagle

The Pine island Garden Club donated $1,000 to Pine Island Elementary School for an edible garden last Thursday.

Edible gardens are becoming a popular way to educate children about the foods they eat.

"Many children think our foods come from the grocery store," Pine Island Garden Club president Marty Kendall said. "Our main goal promoting this edible garden is to show children where their food comes from and maybe to encourage them to eat more healthy food."

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Left to right: Ron Acosta, Larry French, PIE Principal Steve Hook, Patty Acosta (kindergarten teacher), Garden Club president Marty Kendall, Gloria VanDuser and Susan Schroeder.


The idea for this program originated with Garden Club member Susan Schroeder and kindergarten teacher Patty Acosta.

"When Susan presented the idea to the Club everybody loved the idea," Kendall said. "We've talked about doing something like this for awhile but it took Susan and Patty to get it off the ground."

"We're calling this edible garden a "Pizza Garden' and a 'Salad Garden', Acosta said. "We're planning on planting everything you need for a pizza including tomatoes, onions, garlic, and spinach. For the Salad Garden the students will be planting the leafy greens, strawberries, tomatoes, celery, broccoli, herbs and things like that."

"We would also like to add some fruit trees and are asking the local island growers for some help," Acosta said. "We need fruit trees, starter seeds, seedlings etc. and any materials for the hydroponics would be a great help to our students."

The Watch D.O.G.S. are going to help the students build the edible garden and the Garden Club is going to help the students plant the garden. WATCH D.O.G.S. is a group of local fathers and father-figures that make a positive impact on children by volunteering hours at their local schools.

"This project will include all grades and after the Watch D.O.G.S. help the students build the garden the Garden Club is going to send over Master Gardeners to help the students plant the vegetables," Acosta said.

"This is a good and useful skill for kids to have," Kendall said. "The Garden Club is happy we were able to help get this project started."



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