Wewahitchka fifth-graders enjoy a garden party

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

He supports the program and allows the class to use his well to keep the plants watered throughout the school year.

A portion of what grows in garden was donated by Bonnie Plants in Alabama while other donations came from the University of Florida’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences.

Carter said that the fifth grade is the ideal age level to learn gardening because the students are able to retain what they learn.

“For those who are interested in gardening, it lets us plant the seed,” he said.

The program is part of the science classes taught by fifth-grade teachers Melanie Hinote, April Bidwell and Kim Ludlau.

Before the 60 students ever stepped foot in the garden they spent class time discussing the act of planting, the role that bees play in pollination and took a field trip to the North Florida Research and Education Center.

David Beyl and his wife, Sally have been volunteers with the program for the last five years. Both are Master Gardeners who trained at the University of Florida for 12 weeks and must perform 50 hours of horticulture-related volunteer work each year.

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