A student community garden benefitting Our Daily Bread Soup Kitchen will continue this school year after a successful garden last year.
Lima Senior High School students built and worked on a new raised garden in a lot behind Our Daily Bread last school year. Students grew and harvested cherry tomatoes, lettuce, green beans and much more. The produce, more than 60 pounds, was all given to the soup kitchen.
The project involved multiple classes at Lima Senior: biology classes taught by Joel Steinmetz and Karen Seigman, Herb Lane’s construction trades students and Kristin Lee’s BioArt (biology and art II) students.
Students have already been out working on the garden this school year. The garden is located near the back door of Our Daily Bread, 125 S. Central Ave.
Along with giving back to the community and helping the soup kitchen, the “Lima Grows” community garden project allowed another hands-on way for students to learn about biology and gardening. At some point, a large mural made by 2013 Lima Senior graduate Jasmine Goare will be put up at the garden site.
The Allen County Health Department received grant money and helped to organize the project. Staff members from the soup kitchen, along with employees from Fat Cat Diner and Thin and Healthy Total Solutions, helped with the project.