After a week of rain, we were welcomed by a beautiful blue sky Saturday morning as we broke ground for the new community garden at Exeter High School. About 15-20 teachers, EHS staff, students and community members helped build the 4 beds and fill them with a really super healthy compost donated from Seacoast Farms Compost Products. The wood was donated by Seacoast Mills Lumber on Pine.
Science teacher John Brough took the lead on building the raised beds while everyone got the soil ready and then filled in the beds. It really was flawless and it showed how much can be done in just a few hours. The beds look great – and if we can get a good system for watering and maintaining the gardens, there is plenty of room for expansion!!! The seniors will help plant herbs, tomatoes, carrots and lots of greens which will be used for the EHS salad bar starting late August and September. Students from the Environment Club came to help prepare the garden and will oversee the ”crops” over the summer and throughout the school year.Thanks to everyone from Citizens for Community Wellness who has helped us over the last few months including Ron Christie and Mike Young from the UNH-Cooperative Extension Master Gardeners Program, Felicia Motherway, Jamie, Christine, Alex and Bryan Martin, Deb Kimball, Beverly Whitehouse, Donna Mogardo and our lumberback John Brough who heads up the student Environment Club. And, to all the students in the Environment Club Megan, Austin, Steph and the other kids who couldn’t be there. And, huge kudos to Jeanne Pierce, Director of Food Services for Exeter Region Cooperative Schools, and Tammi Martin from Action for Healthy Kids who inspired the garden and other ways to get healthier food into schools! It truly was a community effort!! We also thank Principal Victor Sokul, Dick Wendell who oversees all the school grounds and the SAU16 School Board which have all been very supportive.