Many visitors came to Peabody Elementary school garden Saturday, September 26th for on the 2015 Tour de Coop tour. Visitors were given a tour of the garden led by docents who were parent volunteers and teachers. Tour de Coop docents shared information about the origin of the garden, like the fact that it was founded in spring of 2012 with a $1,500 grant from GrowMemphis and expanded in spring of 2015 with an application for the new Kitchen Community garden. Participants on the Tour de Coop were able to view the herb beds that hold sage, rosemary, mint, and basil. Docents explained that Peabody’s garden is maintained by the school garden club, teachers, and volunteers during the school year and by parent and neighbor volunteers in the summer. Peabody students do all the planting with volunteer and teacher supervision.
With the help and supervision of Peabody parent volunteer, Emily Holmes, garden club sponsor, Margaret Yoder, and representatives from the Kitchen Community, students planted the fall garden on Sept 16th. Peabody students planted lettuce, radishes, arugula, carrots, spinach, kale, turnips, and beets. The beds are labeled with markers, and the plants are just starting to sprout.
Peabody students, teachers, and parent volunteers will tend the garden this fall. The community is welcome to visit the garden and harvest vegetables as they mature and ripen. — Deirdre Jones