OAK GROVE HEIGHTS (KAIT) - At Oak Grove Middle School in Greene County, learning is hands on.
Friday afternoon, 6th grade science teacher Jennifer Cook warned students to be aware of their surroundings.
"When you're walking out here you probably need to be looking down," Mrs. Cook said.
Students spent the hour tending to their new community garden near the school.
"We're planting a vegetable garden for our community so anyone around here can come here and help us with the garden and pick the vegetables if they want them," student Cole Brengard said.
Different students are planting different crops depending on where they live in town.
For Cooper Gauntt, some aspects of gardening were surprising.
"First of all, the water! How much water we need," Gauntt said.
He said he's also learning how much time and effort a garden takes.
Mrs. Cook said while the students are learning things like collecting data and the germination of plants, she hopes students take away more than that.
"A lot of them live in town and they feel like they don't have a farm, they don't have a tractor," Mrs. Cook said. "So we bring all kinds of strange and unusual things to plant in; shoes and coffeepots."
Though it's part of school work, it's also encouraging healthy eating and sustainability.
"Because there might not be anybody else to take care of you," Mrs. Cook said. "You might not be able to go to the store and buy an 80 cent cucumber but they can get a package of cucumber seeds for 25 cents and some dirt and have all the cucumbers they want."
Mrs. Cook was able to secure a grant from Farm Bureau to help make the garden possible.
Next week, students will hear from a professional in the agriculture business about the importance of cotton and soybeans.
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