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School garden produces vegetables despite obstacles

Kason Stockton working in the garden

Terry Bertram

Agriculture Extension Specialist Terry Bertram unloaded corn from the garden to be stored in freezers at school.


Seth Hart unloaded corn with fellow extension staffers.

Ed Cushman Bus Driver helped

Bus Driver Ed Cushman helped load corn into the freezer.

Glen Roberts

Wayne County Agriculture Extension Director Glen Roberts spent many hours working in the garden this summer.

Kason Stockton

WCHS Junior Kason Stockton tied up tomato plants.


Glen Roberts poked holes through the plastic for new plants. The plastic sheets help prevent the weeds from taking over the garden.


Terry Bertram stringing the tomatoes.


Even though the Wayne County Agriculture Extension Service have faced considerable obstacles in regard to the school garden this summer, they have harvested everything from corn to tomatoes to banana peppers. They have planted potatoes, cucumbers, cantaloupes, watermelons, zucchini and several types of squash. 

       The garden space was reconfigured this summer around the construction of the new track and soccer field, so the garden was split into two different sections. The excessive rain early in the summer caused issues for the garden. 

       The main problem was the pandemic, which has caused a delay in the on campus classes. Usually, students help with the harvest and are obviously at school to enjoy the fresh vegetables normally served in the cafeterias. The students especially enjoy the fresh corn on the cob at the schools. 

        Wayne County Agriculture Extension Agent Glen Roberts said last month, “All you can do is go forward in anticipation there will be school” as plans were made for the garden.

        Even though the meal distribution has changed greatly this fall (instead of students being served in the cafeterias) with frozen meals being distributed each Tuesday, some 50 dozen ears of corn have recently been used and 100 cantaloupes. Next week, fresh cherry tomatoes and cucumbers will be added to the bags of food.

        When students did not initially return to campus, FFA students sold ears of corn to the public, along with some of their cantaloupes as a fundraiser for their chapter. Some of the remainder of the food harvested has been donated to the House of Blessing and the local detention center, so the harvest has not been wasted. 

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