A community garden just planted at East Jessamine Middle School has already sprung to life, with 45 central Kentuckians purchasing shares that will dress their dinner tables over the summer and fall.
The idea came up in conversations between first-year teacher Ashley Puckett and her resource teacher this spring.
“Since I’m an agriculture teacher, we wanted to look more at the production aspect rather than like a flower garden, and so that’s where the idea got started,” Puckett said.
The garden was designed to be a resource the community could invest in as well as a way to help feed students in need over the summer.
“Our administration really liked the idea of that being here at our school and also being able to provide food for kids who are on free and reduced lunch during the summer, having some of them come out and work with us, and in exchange for working, they got a share of the garden to take home,” Puckett said.