Spanishburg cuts ribbon on community garden

PRINCETON, WV, April 4, 2014: Afternoon showers occasioned a last-minute change from ground-breaking to ribbon-cutting on Spanishburg School’s new garden. A brief ceremony was held at 1:30 today in the gymnasium.

Students and parents heard brief remarks from Pam Reid, county nutrition director, Dr. Nancy Burton, Concord professor; Heather Copen, Americorps/RESA I; Stefphanie Halstead, PTO president, Rick Ball, assistant superintendent, and CU student Samatha Clark.

Third-grade student Riley Bowling read a brief speech from beside the podium. “We will invite all of you back in the fall when we have enough [vegetables] to share,” Riley said.

Principal Melissa Boothe assured disappointed students that they would get to see the garden get plowed –but probably not until after Spring Break. “Our essential question, boys and girls, is how can we, as good stewards of the earth, grow enough vegetables to sell some at the Spanishburg farmers’ market,” she said.

Students wore special T-shirts to the dedication today, donated by Farm-to-Schools, RESA I. Concord University contributed a rhododendron as a lasting memento of their involvement in the project.