Digging in the dirt

Today I worked in the community garden at Pond Gap Elementary School. I did it as part of a service-learning project through Pellissippi State.

Pond Gap Elementary is in Knoxville, not far from downtown. Our leader/teacher for the day, Annie Gray, said that Knox County Schools is looking to duplicate the project at about seven other schools.

Once we arrived, I could see why. There were rows of green beans, red romaine lettuce, and onions, for example. I didn’t survey the whole plot. Instead I took a pair of pruners and cleared out some brush and bushes nearby. I volunteered for that because I wanted to do something hard and physical. I wanted to work up a good sweat.

Did that for an hour and then started harvesting the lettuce. The skies clouded over, but we finished before the rain came. I’d like to do some more work like that, but I’m just not sure where. Maybe something closer to home in Maryville.

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