Early college students help with community garden

Published 9:41 am Thursday, September 28, 2017

Forty students from the Davie County Early College Program worked at the Deep Roots Garden next to the Storehouse for Jesus on Friday, Sept. 22.

“These students were doing a community project for school credit and we were just amazing with what they accomplished,” said Diane Salmon, a member of the Deep Roots Garden.

They spread cardboard and wood chips around the main garden on the outside to deter animals, pulled up all the dead tomato,and watermelon plants, dead-headed the rows of flowers that needed pruning, spread bird netting around and over some of the raised beds, again to deter animals for the garden’s fall crops, and spread mulch over some of the raised beds that were in need of this for the closing of the garden in October.

They also harvested 20 pounds of green peppers, pulled peanuts up to dry, clipped some of the mint growing and inspected the cotton plants which are just now beginning to produce cotton. The cotton was planted by Agricultural teacher Jesse Ledbetter from Davie County High School and his high school students as an experiment along with the peanuts and popcorn.

Deep Roots has harvested up to 2,334 pounds to date donated to needy charities in the surrounding Mocksville area including the Storehouse for Jesus.

“We are so very thankful for this young student body and all their help and we look forward to their coming again,” Salmon said.  “Thanks to Tracy Kassel of the Early College for organizing this wonderful work day.”