Wewahitchka fifth-graders enjoy a garden party

From Seed to Plate Luncheon

A student shows off potatoes that were grown in pots.

Wes Locher
Published: Thursday, May 16, 2013 at 09:05 AM.

Fifth-graders at Wewahitchka Elementary School enjoyed a feast of large and healthy proportions during a luncheon to celebrate the end of the “From Seed to Plate” program which taught them how to grow and maintain a vegetable garden.

The food served at the luncheon, which was prepared by Marie L. Jones, was the fruits of the students’ labor.

Everything the students munched on came from the garden they spent eight months maintaining and cultivating. Though summer will soon arrive for the students, they end the school year with these specialized skills thanks to Gulf County Extension Director Roy Lee Carter.

Now in its third year at Wewahitchka Elementary, the From Seed to Plate Program sprouted about 15 years ago from an idea nurtured by the Port St. Joe Garden Club.

After proposing the program, the club received a grant from DuPont, a national corporation dedicated to driving innovation in science and sustainability, and launched From Seed to Plate at Port St. Joe Elementary.

It has since expanded to all schools in Gulf County including Faith Christian.

The garden itself is located across the street from the school on a plot of land owned by Charles Cleckley.

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