Students learn about growing in Woodbury garden project


Woodbury Elementary School students are pictured next to a new raised garden bed at the school.

A lesson in gardening is sprouting before the eyes of students at Woodbury Elementary School.

Students and staff planted two new raised garden beds and plants in pots at the school that were made possible through a One Step Garden grant from Hy-Vee.

“We are planting a salad garden and hope to have produce for the summer,” said Woodbury school nurse Elly Mack. “The students were very excited to get the plants in the ground.  We are watering and caring for them.”

After school is out, Kim Brinkmeyer from Iowa State Extension Center will visit Woodbury on Thursday mornings to have activities related to gardening and good health for students.  These free activities will take place from 9:30-11:00 a.m.

“We also have family and staff volunteers who will come throughout the week and water the plants, weed the garden and collect the produce,” Mack said. “We are excited for our first try at the school garden.”

Aside from the garden, students and staff have also planted 21 trees around the school, with help from Elly’s husband, Mark Mack.