Emerald Thumbs

Emerald Christian Academy 6th-, 7th-, and 8th-grade students help Grass Roots Gardens groom local community gardens for the winter. The gardens provide food for Lane County Food Bank, which offers free dinners at various local churches for needy families.

Shown working in the tomato beds, the students are creating raised beds and compost piles. They also harvested seed for ground cover, pulled weeds, and trimmed vines for shredding. Even the orchards benefited from a good fall cleaning.

Fourth- and 5th-grade students, in the ensuing two weeks, provided follow-up muscle to attack missed weeds and remaining composting.

Featured in: December 2002