Bay Minette Elementary gets “Green and Growing”

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Posted 8/6/13

BAY MINETTE, Alabama – Bay Minette Elementary students will be learning while growing this school year with the addition of a community garden.

While teaching the students about growing their own food, the teachers will also incorporate the …

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Bay Minette Elementary gets “Green and Growing”

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BAY MINETTE, Alabama – Bay Minette Elementary students will be learning while growing this school year with the addition of a community garden.

While teaching the students about growing their own food, the teachers will also incorporate the garden in other lessons.

“We are excited about the ‘Green and Growing’ project at BMES for both the faculty and the students,” said Sandra Mims, BMES teacher. “We look forward to giving our students a hand-on experience to discover the process of growing plants, learning to work together, and to enhance their math and science skills.”

The project began when Mims, a second grade teacher, attended a community meeting where she met with representatives from Volunteers of America, the Forestry Department, Men of the Coalition and the Food Bank. Members discussed starting a community garden in the city of Bay Minette and Mims was asked to lead a garden project in the community or at her school.

Mims and BMES faculty member Laurie Mashburn worked together to write grants to fund and implement the community garden. To that end, BMES has partnered with the USDA Water & Soil Conservation Board, Alabama A&M and Auburn Extension Program, United Bank, RC&D, and BMES PTO.

After partnering with these organizations, BMES teachers Brenda Karpanty, Lisa Dooley, Marcia Hastings, Jan Smith, Becky Stephens, Joann Williams, Pam Hartner, Cathy Phillips, Laurie Mashburn and Sandra Mims toured Fairhope Intermediate School’s “Pirate Patch” garden project with Fairhope Intermediate teacher/garden coordinator, Linda Smith.

In late July, teachers and volunteers worked to build 10 raised beds, fill each with dirt and laid the pathways with mulch. Two of the beds have already been planted with pumpkin seeds.