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Gardening Club to sprout at Crossroads

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By Alex Wimsatt

 MOUNT WASHINGTON - Students who want to find out how the food they eat makes its way from the garden to the table will have a unique opportunity this summer as Crossroads Elementary hosts its first gardening club. 

Sponsored by the Crossroads/Old Mill Elementary Family Resource Center, the club will give participants the chance to get their hands dirty while learning how to set, care for and harvest some of the foods they eat every day. 

Club adviser and Crossroads second grade teacher, Rebecca Johnson, said numerous gardening concepts would be incorporated into club lessons and activities throughout the summer. 

Lessons will touch on everything from charting weather and integrating mathematical concepts through Square Foot Gardening, to the importance of proper plant care and nutrition. 

With help from the Bullitt County Extension Office, participants will learn how fruits and vegetables make them healthy and how meals can be prepared with natural ingredients. 

Participants will primarily focus on growing vegetables, however, Johnson would eventually like to see the club expand lessons to include canning and preserving. 

Johnson, who maintains a garden at her home, said one of the most important concepts participants will discover is the value of sustainability. 

“You don’t have to buy food at the store when you can grow it yourself...That’s important for kids to learn,” Johnson said. 

Students will also gain knowledge of how to protect the environment by keeping harmful chemicals from the plants they grow. Johnson said no pesticides or chemicals would be used on garden club plants.

In the future, Johnson said she would like to see students sell their produce at the Mount Washington Farmers Market to raise money for the club and expose them to economics.

In addition to the support provided by the Crossroads/Old Mill FRC, the city of Mount Washington has donated containers for students to grow their plants in.

The gardening club will begin meeting on Wednesday, June 8, from 9 to 11:30 a.m. The club will continue meeting every Wednesday morning through the end of July. 

Participation is limited to incoming second graders through incoming fifth graders. 

Those who would like more information about the club can contact Johnson at (502) 869-7400 or Crossroads/Old Mill FRC coordinator Leigh Ann Lowery at (502) 640-3541.