Organization looks to bring gardening to schools

Organization looks to bring gardening to schools

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BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) -

Reading, writing, arithmetic and… gardening? It is not exactly one of the basics you might think of for school children, but an organization in Tuscaloosa believes gardening teaches a whole lot more than just how to get your hands dirty. The Druid City Garden Project is actually growing itself.

The Druid City Garden Project started out in just one school back in 2010. Now, it is in several schools and taking root in another one this year and there is a way for the community to help.

The Druid City Garden Project will expand into Woodland Forest Elementary this year. On Saturday, there is a garden build day at the school from 8 a.m. to noon to build the raised beds that will make the garden. This will actually mark the start of a new phase for the program, which will help get gardens started in schools and then eventually hand them off to the schools to run.

"This week marks the start of our garden in every school program, the incubator program. We have a dream of a garden in every school in Alabama and we believe we have the means to make it happen," said Lindsay Turner with the Druid City Garden Project.

The goal is not just to teach students where their food comes from, but also to build in science and math into the gardening lessons.

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