Gardens now a feature at all CSD schools

An interview with volunteer Anelia Moore

Senior Anelia Moore spent her summer working in a garden at her camp, which influenced her decision to head Fifth Avenue’s garden project.

Senior Anelia Moore spent her summer working in a garden at her camp, which influenced her decision to head Fifth Avenue’s garden project.

The Farm to School program, the individual schools, and community members have worked to implement gardens in each of the City Schools of Decatur schools. Over the past several months, senior Anelia Moore worked to create the final garden at Fifth Avenue for her senior project. Here’s what she had to say about her experience:

Meredith Broyles: Why did you decide to plant a garden at FAVE?

Anelia Moore: It all started with needing a senior project. I worked in the garden at my camp over the summer and thought it would be really fun. I did at FAVE because they were the only Decatur school to not yet have a garden.

M: What types of crops did you plant?

A: We planted rocket, which is another word for arugula, sugar snap peas, and lettuce.

M: How did you get the students and staff involved?

A: I had help from someone on the PTO board who spoke to the principal who then gave permission to classes to help. The first two days were used for shoveling soil into the galvanized tubs. The teacher incorporated it into a math lesson plan that had to deal with how many buckets they’d have to shovel in order to fill up a whole tub.

M: What issues did you face?

A: The biggest problem we ran into was starting it, because the principal was out for the first semester of school. [However], we planned it without him, so as soon as he gave us the go ahead, we were able to start everything immediately.

M: When will [the crops] produce?

A: Sometime in the spring.

M: What are you most proud of about this project?

A:The fact that it worked out and got finished.