Fifth-graders at Port St. Joe Elementary are taking learning beyond the classroom by participating in a garden project. This project is a cooperative effort between the Gulf County Extension Service and University of Florida’s IFAS. Under the guidance of Mr. Roy Lee Carter, assisted by his dedicated volunteers, students have learned proper care and maintenance, accountability and patience of a garden. The students love being outdoors and being able to interact with nature.
Since the beginning of the school year, fifth-graders spend an hour each week planting, fertilizing, tilling, weeding and harvesting the PSJ Elementary School garden. Hard work certainly pays off. Last week, students enjoyed the fruits and vegetables of their labor as volunteers from the Gulf County Extension Agency office prepared a delicious lunch for the children. Everyone agrees that the “garden lunch” is one of the best days of the year!