Sustainable Garden Project Grows

FSDB Carpentry department staff helped build benches and a table for an outdoor classroom (Left to right: David Cain, Clinton “Clinny” Schmermund, Jimmy Setzer, and Justin Escobedo)

The FSDB Blind Department National Wildlife Federation Sustainable Garden Project is growing. As a part of school endowment funds received this year for the project, monies were included for installation of additional raised gardens in the area between Gibbs Hall and the Cary White Building.

We were pleased to learn there was also enough funds that allowed for the building and set up of a tall table and two sitting benches for use as an outdoor classroom. The beds, table, and benches were built by the school’s fabulous carpentry department (see photo – from left to right are David Cain, Clinton “Clinny” Schmermund, Jimmy Setzer, and Justin Escobedo; Joseph Carbone is not pictured).

Students taking FSDB D&B Garden Center classes have been hard at work, helping with filling the new raised beds with soil and extracting unwanted weeds and plants in the garden area. This has truly turned into a school-wide project and we thank all involved for making the funding available, the purchasing possible, and the building of the beds happen.

By Sheryl Bray, Blind Department

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