Riverside students start school campus vegetable garden

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Kaelyn Neville, 9, waters a new garden outside Riverside Elementary. The third-grader is a member of the school’s garden club.

MATTHEW BROWN / News Bulletin
Published: Friday, April 12, 2013 at 04:29 PM.

CRESTVIEW — Riverside Elementary School students now can harvest vegetables with the addition of a green on the campus’ north side.

Two gardens grow strawberries, cilantro and tomatoes, among other produce. However, none of it would be possible without a business’ help.

The Crestview Lowe's Home Improvement store donated several items including a garden hose, potting soil and vegetable seeds. A crew used cinder blocks to build the green.

Lydia Bradley, the school's lunchroom manager and garden club supervisor, expressed gratitude for the contributions.

"They have provided us with everything we have asked for," she said.

  Bradley, along with several teachers, had wanted to start the program since last year.

"Lydia had to do a lot of the leg work," said Jo Ann Messick, a special education teacher. "It's exciting; it gives the kids that normally don't grow things a chance to see how things are grown."

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