Yesterday, Harry Shields, 18, was out in the garden doing one of this school year’s first tasks.
“We removed the tops of the dead flowers and kept the seeds, so we could plant them next year,” Shields said.
The garden also received some help from outside the community. The school received a grant from University of New Hampshire Cooperative Extension, which tested the soil. The Atkinson Garden Club designed and planned the butterfly garden, as well as donating plants and mulch.
“We had a lot of community support for the program, which was awesome,” Marley said. “Everyone was so excited to get involved.”
The school also received donations from local businesses.
Last year, the group sold the crops to the faculty. This year, however, they have bigger plans.
“We’ve made arrangements with our food service to use it in the lunch program,” DiNola said. “We also want to get our marketing students involved and possibly sell them at the Atkinson Farmers Market.”