Volunteers to Help Spruce Up Garden at Johnson Elementary

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The garden at Johnson Elementary School is getting spruced up this weekend. Volunteers hope to help by spreading mulch and pulling weeds to get the area ready before school starts next week.

Altogether, students are growing more than 100 edible species in the garden. Flowers, spinach, tomatoes, and potatoes are the most popular garden items among students at Johnson, which is just one of the seven schoolyard gardens in Charlottesville.

"We all eat so much processed food and I think everybody is finally getting back to realizing that it's much better for us to eat things without necessarily cooking them, or putting them in a can first,” said Rick Harden, garden coordinator at Johnson Elementary.

Harden hopes families and community members will volunteer this Saturday from 9 a.m. to noon to help get the garden for the kids who are heading back to school next week.
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