There was a ribbon cutting Friday for a new section of Pow Wow Garden at Dobyns Bennett, thanks to a FFA grant.
The D-B Future Farmers of America chapter was awarded a Spring Semester-Long Living to Serve Grant in the amount of $1100. The Leadership class provided Dobyns-Bennett special education students the experience of being a gardener by learning gardening skills and learning responsibility for caring for plants; bringing together different students for a common goal of unity and respect.
“We’ve put this garden in for the special ed students to be able to come out and work in the raised beds and have ownership of their garden and learn the responsibility of taking care plants,” FFA advisor and agriculture teacher Kerrie Sluder said. “We have some plants that we started probably 6 weeks ago that we’re gonna let them plant in the garden today. We already have some peppers and tomatoes growing, so hopefully we’ll be able to harvest something before school is out.”
The students had the choice of either taking their plants home and planting them or planting them in the raised beds and letting them grow at the school. A couple decided to plant them and watch them grow, hopefully producing foods in the school’s raised beds.
“All of the students have really pitched in and had a lot of fun working with Mrs. Carr’s students, collaborating, growing the plants and it has been a really great collaboration for all of us,” Sluder said.
The nationwide program provides grant money to local FFA chapters to support semester-long service-learning projects that address needs related to community safety; environmental responsibility; hunger, health and nutrition; and community engagement during the fall semester.