Kids at Buford Middle School in Charlottesville are celebrating Earth Day and their new rainwater harvesting system. The City Schoolyard Garden is an educational tool where kids learn everything from healthy eating habits to the science behind how vegetables grow. The garden relies solely on donations from the community. Friday and Saturday Sticks Kebob Shop will donate a portion of it proceeds to benefit the garden.
The rainwater collection system is the latest edition at the City Schoolyard Garden. The City of Charlottesville funded and provided resources to build the roughly $10,000 system. Linda Winecoff is the garden's Program Coordinator and said water is collected from the roof of the school's gymnasium and piped to a 2500 gallon tank.
"It's another opportunity for the math and science teachers to bring the students out and to talk about all those things associated with this," Winecoff said.
The City Schoolyard Garden is used as an outside classroom.
"The seventh grade science classes are doing an amazing lab where they're measuring the growth of plants in a control bed and one that's using organic compost," Winecoff said.
The non-profit relies on contributions from the community. Ty Austin is a Sticks Kebob Shop Partner and said they are donating 10 percent of its revenue for two days from both of its Charlottesville locations.
"We really appreciate the food that we work with and cook and feel like we put love into it and the kids get to do that with their garden and they nurture the food from seed to a product they eat," Austin said.
The garden is in-line with how the restaurant operates, serving fresh, healthy food while lessening its impact on the environment.
"We're thinking globally and acting locally in our effort to work with this garden project," Austin said.
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