Area Schools Dig In

Community Gardens Get Green Thumbs Up

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Posted: July 26, 2014

Jonathan Vaughan (left), a volunteer with James Madison University, and Jacqueline Perez, an intern from California, harvest lettuce at the New Community Project garden in Harrisonburg last week. The organization sells produce to local restaurants as well as to some local schools and the Friendly City Food Co-Op. (Photos by Jason Lenhart / DN-R)
Student-made irrigation systems line planting beds in the community garden at Keister Elementary School. Some of the produce harvested is sent home with summer school students, as well as served in school lunches.
The community garden at Keister Elementary School has been providing summer school students with fresh produces for lunches.
Lettuce grows in a New Community Project garden in Harrisonburg.

HARRISONBURG — Community gardens have become increasingly popular as more people try to connect with the places their food comes from and the ways that it’s grown.

Now, Keister Elementary...



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