Go Gardens gain in popularity

By Colleen Donovan - bio | email

HATTIESBURG, MS. (WDAM) - It's called a Go Garden, a portable garden that lets folks grow vegetables and other plants both indoors and outside.

The Go Garden concept is the brain child of the Lamar County Conservation District. Pine Belt Industries in Purvis works to construct the gardens.

The first Go Garden was located at Oak Grove Primary School about two years ago and the students there enjoy growing potatoes, carrots, cabbages, and flowers.

Educators said the lessons students learn by watching their food grow are valuable and extend to other subjects. Leslie Barger is a first grade teacher at Oak Grove Primary school and works with her students in the Go Garden.

Barger said, "Well it's a great way for us to get in a lot of our science benchmarks, to talk about social studies and culture. Also, it gives them a lot of responsibility. I find they take better care of the classroom because they learn to take care of the garden."

The Go Gardens are located throughout the Lamar County School District and in nursing homes.

The project helped the Lamar County Conservation District be selected as the state's 2010 District of the Year.

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