Students provided gardening opportunities

Shown are students weeding the raised garden bed of strawberries at Winston County High School. From left, Stephen Nix and Hunter Fields are on one side with Paeton Randolph, Emily Cleveland, Abby Taylor, Brooklyn Robbins and Makayla McDonald on the other. County Extension Agent Mike Henshaw, back left, and WCHS Agriscience Teacher Byron Tuggle look on.

DOUBLE SPRINGS - As part of the Winston County Diabetes Support Coalition, at least one school in every town in the county now has raised garden beds, it was told at the meeting on Tuesday, Jan. 8. These beds are helpful in several ways, including giving agriculture students the opportunity to build the beds and students the enjoyment of reaping the rewards of what they grow.
Raised beds are currently located at Haleyville Elementary, Middle and High schools; Double Springs Elementary; Winston County High; Meek Elementary and High; Addison Elementary and Lynn Elementary.
“At least half the expense is getting potting soil for the beds,” Mike Henshaw, county extension agent, explained. “The beds are four feet wide and 12 feet long.” Being a foot deep, having two beds at each school and the cost of potting soil being approximately $8-$10 per bag, the cost could get expensive quick.


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