March 21, 2014
CORA, W.Va. —- Plots in the community garden at Shamrock are being planted this week by high school students from the BAPS (Believing All is Possible) Youth Leadership group along with students visiting from Sandy Spring Friends School in Sandy Spring, Maryland. So far, together they have planted lettuce, carrots, chard, herbs, potatoes, and flowers.
The project is part of an annual visit to Logan County made by Sandy Spring Friends School through a longtime partnership with American Friends Service Committee who runs the BAPS youth program. In addition to working in the community garden, the group volunteers at PRIDE Head Start at Dehue and at the Williamson Housing Authority in Mingo County.
On Thursday morning, children from PRIDE Head Start in Logan visited the garden to help plant potatoes and flowers, and water the beds.
“We really enjoy the visit we get every year from our friends from Sandy Spring,” says Rickey French, coordinator and male mentor with American Friends Service Committee, “They work hard and do a lot for Logan County, especially since the garden will continue to grow after they leave.”
Next up in the community garden will be a gardening training led by West Virginia State University Extension Wednesday, March 26, 2014, at 10 a.m., in the garden at Shamrock. Everyone is welcome. If you have questions or would like additional information, call Rickey French at 304-946-5321.