Northwest clubs plan community garden

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There are talks of a new community garden; it will be started by the Latin Club but will involve the efforts of other clubs, such as the German Club and the Environmental Club.

“(We are creating) a garden where we can grow foods from our (language classes’) regions,” senior Binay Rijal said. “(So that we) can share them (during) International Food Day.”

Latin teacher Katherine Beach is the project mentor, and Rijal is the project coordinator. While the language clubs will be involved in deciding which food crops they intend to grow, the environmental club will potentially have a large role in helping them with getting fertilizer, getting compost, and setting up the garden.

In order to start the project, there are support and supplies the garden needs first.

“We need funding,” Rijal said. “We need people that are willing to (work together in a garden). We need people that are willing to donate items, materials, anything that would be required to start a garden. We need man hours, planning and permission from the school and county.”

Rijal hopes the garden will be ready before spring comes around.

“Then when spring comes,” Rijal said, “we can plant some crops (before the seniors leave), so the seniors who are involved in the project can see some growth, and they can see something come out of the project that they’ve worked hard on.”

All of the work going into the garden should be fruitful. The garden will hopefully diversify people’s understanding of cultures and peak their interest in language classes.

“There is importance in the garden,” Rijal said. “(It allows us to) learn more about the cultures that we’re devoting so much of our time learning the languages of.”

The end goal of the new potential garden is to create a lasting legacy that creates a sense of community.

“(I hope to make) a garden that can last for a few years,” Rijal said. “(In doing so), I hope it will help strengthen this community within our school. I think that’s really necessary after (the fracture in our community) from the video and other issues. Getting people together to grow food and create a garden together is a great way of doing that.”

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