Lakeview Elementary Students Plant Community Garden
A Robbinsdale school is making something the whole community can enjoy. Lakeview Elementary students planted shrubs, blueberries, strawberries, tomatoes, apple trees and vegetables. Each grade level has a plot and students voted what would go in the garden space.
The garden is an upgrade. A few years ago vandals trashed the area. But, thanks to a grant and crowdsourcing, the school built a greenhouse and a pretty impressive outdoor classroom. Students and the local community will be able to eat from the garden.
“We’re planting cherry tomatoes, and I think it’s very nice to plant though, it’s something new,” said fifth-grader Akirra Collins.
Lakeview Elementary teachers and staff say gardening is a life skill the students can use when they become adults.
“We’re learning about life cycles. We’re learning on how things are dependent on each other. So this is another piece of how they can do some learning and how it’s built in our community,” said Molly James, primary years program coordinator.
The school received an $8,500 urban agriculture grant. The school is also teaming up with the nonprofit Project Sweetie Pie to develop the community garden.