Planting for the present, future

Claudia, a Milton student, plants seeds in a garden outside Pierce Middle School.

(Photo by Beth Neville)

Help is needed to plant a 250-square-foot garden at Pierce Middle School to grow vegetable crops for food pantries and school lunch programs.

Anyone who is willing to give a couple of hours to plant seeds is encouraged to contact Beth Neville at or Principal William Fish at

The garden is run as part of the “Green Team” after-school program sponsored by the Parent Teacher Organization.

The garden plot is ready for planting with full sun, a water source, and new weed-free soil donated by Maggie Oldfield of Thayer Nursery. Seeds for carrots, beets, potatoes, and other easy to grow vegetables have been purchased.

Social distancing will be practiced and directions will be provided about how to plant. You do not need to be an experienced gardener and this is a fun activity for kids. Garden tools are waiting for willing volunteer hands.

Some vegetables are already up. Radishes, lettuce, and peas have sprouted and will be ready for harvest soon.

With volunteer help, needed food can be provided in the fall for students and neighbors.

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