JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - Students at Jonesboro's Health Wellness and Environmental Studies Magnet School spent part of the day Thursday preparing for one of their biggest annual events.
Since January, kids have been growing vegetables, herbs, and flowers in their school garden. Greenhouses in the garden help them grow the plants during cold weather.
Melinda Smith helps run the garden. She said it teaches their students they can plant many things even if they don't have the room.
"We think we're in an area that's predominately farming and rural, and we are in that kind of area, but so many of our homes, our children's homes, don't have the large garden spaces," Smith said.
Smith said the students, who planted the herbs, vegetables, and flowers by seed, can identify nearly every plant they've grown.
"They have that kind of blood, sweat, and tears into that," Smith said. "They've watched it grow and they can tell by how it looks, how it smells, how it tastes. That's something that they've had ownership in."
After months of caring for the plants, the students will sell them at the school's annual Plant Sale. This will be the 8th year for the sale.
Selene Stanley, a fourth grader, said it's fun getting to work outside and learn about gardening.
"I feel like I can help the environment and I can help grow some flowers or some herbs that I can use to cook with," Stanley said.
"There are many herbs like mint, basil, and thyme. There's flowers like Johnny Jump-ups and Violas," Stanley said. "I love the work and the beautiful flowers. Sometimes we get to taste some recipes that we've made with fresh herbs."
The Plant Sale takes place from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at HWES at the corner of Rosemond Avenue and Greenwood Street.
The school also specializes in planting heirloom tomatoes. There will be 15 to 18 varieties available to purchase on Friday.
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