April showers bring May flowers and other wonderful things into the learning garden at Memphis Catholic High School. Memphis Catholic is one of the nine Jubilee Schools located throughout Memphis’ urban neighborhoods where poverty levels and obesity rates are high. Three years ago Memphis Catholic partnered with fellow non-profits, the Kitchen Community and Come Alive Outside to create the community garden designed by students at Mississippi State.
Needless to say, we were so pleased that Memphis Catholic brought home the Farm to School Learning Garden Award from this year’s BIG GREEN awards. The learning garden, headed by Science Teacher Chris Hardesty, is an ongoing project that allows students in the inner city to experience growing their own food. The students not only grow a variety of vegetables, they prepare the beds, harvest the fruit and eat the spoils. It is a real seed to table operation. As Mahatma Gandhi once said, “it is health that is real wealth and not pieces of gold and silver.”
Another Jubilee School, St. Joseph Catholic School, received a Certificate of Appreciation for all of their hard work in their learning garden. Six out of the nine Jubilee Schools operate learning gardens.