Students learn all about farming at Cook’s garden

(Courtney Price/MI Monitor photos)

MOUNTAIN ISLAND – About 30 students from Mountain Island Day School took a trip May 22 to the Cook’s Community Garden to learn about plants, chickens and community involvement.

“You’re never too old or too young to help or be an advocate for your community,” garden volunteer Sonya Smith told the students as she explained how the community garden works.

The garden, which sits next to Cook’s Memorial Presbyterian Church, offers private plots for gardening while also growing some food to donate to area food pantries. Volunteers also manage an egg cooperative and raise chickens on the site.

“A lot of the kids have never seen a tomato on the vine,” social studies teacher Heather Brown said. “We want the students to learn that produce doesn’t just magically arrive on the shelf. It takes teamwork, from seed all the way up.”

The third- through seventh-graders learned about growing flowers and vegetables, raising and caring for chickens and helping the community.

Later that day, the students went to the Mecklenburg County Recycling Center.

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