MOBILE, Ala. (WKRG) — In tonight’s What’s Working, some students are picking the fruits of their labor in their school garden. A local landscaping company teamed up with students at Most Pure Heart of Mary School in downtown Mobile to help them build a community garden over the past nine months.
The garden is located on a lot adjacent to the school. It was overgrown and unsightly. Robin Luce with JubileeScape knew that he could help the kids turn it into something beautiful. It has become an outdoor classroom where the students learn the process of a plant blooming into a fruit or vegetable.
“Most of them have never seen a seed sprout, They don’t know what a blueberry plant looks like. They will eat a blueberry, but they don’t know what a blueberry bush looks like,” Luce said.
Luce enjoys seeing the students interest in learning where our healthy food comes from.
“I am teaching them what’s a weed and what’s not a weed. What is a bug and not a good bug? It’s a nice opportunity to share a little knowledge,” Luce added.
The students have been responsible for caring for the garden. They have put in a lot of hard work in growing squash, tomatoes, and other fruits and vegetables, but they don’t mind it. Student, Christtersen Ransom, says he’s surprised how fast everything has grown. He is excited about donating what they have grown to homeless people in the community.
“We were going to give them to people that need them,” Ransom said.
“Some people don’t have food, so we want to give them to as many people who don’t have food and stuff,” student, Elizabeth Portis said.
Sister Joanne Cozzi, a Daughter of Charity, is the coordinator of religious education at Most Pure Heart of Mary School and has helped with the children with the garden project. She calls it an answer to prayers.
“We wanted to do something the children could be involved in and could learn from the experience. It gave the children a chance to know that they are helping others. That is part of what our philosophy here,” Sister Joanne said.
In addition to installing raised beds, JubileeScape installed a new lawn and seating areas for gatherings.