VIDEO: South Jersey Middle School Gardens for a Great Cause


MULLICA HILL - Middle school students at the Friends School Mullica Hill are taking their planting and harvesting indoors.
Students visited the Mill Creek Urban Farm in Bridgeton and, with the assistance of master gardener Marcus Weaver, they put in time at the greenhouse, harvesting and transplanting young plants.
The Mill Creek Urban Farm was built on a former housing project by Gateway Community Action Partnership, and its purpose is to grow sustainable food options for area residents.
"Their goal is to learn about the farm, to do the things Marcus introduced to them which includes seeding the plants, separating the plants, and harvesting the plants," said Beth Reeves, Head of School. "And it helps with the overall goal of helping them to learn about organizations that serve the community."
The gardening project is part of the middle school's service day and other students were sent to the Head Start in Swedesboro to play with the kids. They also visited Friends Village in Woodstown to visit the elderly.
"Number one, I hope they take away the benefit of being willing to volunteer, reach out, to do what they can to make a difference in the lives of others," said Weaver. "Secondly, I hope they come away with a greater interest in growing things, fresh fruits, and vegetables, and the benefits of that as well."

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