"It's a great example of what can happen when a community comes together."

Molly's Story

I knew nothing about gardening. We got a grant, and we started the garden. I would go after school and I’d work there, and then I’d volunteer and help sell things at the farmers’ market because I believed in the program.

The garden is a way to show kids that what you’re learning in the classroom connects with everything outside. It’s a way to help them become involved in their communities.

There are students who feel very successful out in the garden. It makes them feel good when they’re an expert at something. And to put the work into growing that food, and then to eat that food—that investment in what you eat is so important.

I love that our garden represents our community. All of the things that are growing here were planted by somebody. All the tools were provided by donations and grants. None of it would be here if we didn’t have support from our families, our school community, the Food Bank, and volunteers. It’s a great example of what can happen when a community comes together.

Molly was teaching second grade at Borton Elementary when her students’ curiosity about food and gardening inspired her to implement a gardening program at the school. With help from the Community Food Bank, the school cafeteria now serves the food that students plant, grow, and harvest.