PLANT CITY Students at Wilson Elementary will have a chance to learn about gardening and nutrition in the coming school year, thanks to a new community garden.
“It's going to be a combined community and school garden,” said Karen Elizabeth, president of Plant City Commons Community Garden.
An open meeting to discuss the garden will be held 7 p.m. Aug. 7 at the school, 702 W. English St.
“Everybody can come and at least find out what the plan and goal is,” Elizabeth said.
Elizabeth, who helped start the community garden at St. Peter's Episcopal Church and the Plant City Get Fresh Market, said the popularity of local and organically grown produce and goods is on the rise. The Get Fresh farmer's market, which runs 4 to 8 p.m. Wednesdays at the old train depot at 102 N. Palmer St., provides locally grown and handmade goods to the community.
Elizabeth said the idea to develop a community garden at Wilson Elementary came from Temple Terrace, where similar projects at an elementary and middle school have been met with success.
Elizabeth said she is looking forward to the opportunity to teach children in Plant City the importance of fresh, organic and nutritious food.
“I'm very excited about it, excited for the kids,” she said.
Elizabeth said the school gardening project will also help in the goal for her organization, which seeks to provide local and nutritious options for the community.
“We provide the community with knowledge of what's available locally for them,” she said.
In the event of rain the Aug. 7 meeting will take place in the fellowship hall of Trinity Methodist Church next to the school.
For information, contact Elizabeth at firstname.lastname@example.org.