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A Garden Grows at Eastchester High School

The plants in the fledgling garden behind Eastchester High School are small but the hopes and plans of the Going Green club are big.Comprised of 15 ninth and tenth graders, the group took the seedlings grown in their biology class and created a self-sustaining garden, planted a few weeks ago.

Biology teacher Jean-Marie Woods-Ray , the moderator of the after school program, said the group has worked with the town Beautification Committee and has also done clean-ups on school property and for the town of Eastchester.

"We wanted to take it to the next step," Woods-Ray said.

Now in neatly planted in neatly arranged rows, beans, zucchini, peppers, peas carrots, beats, tomatoes, basil and even sunflowers are just starting to peak thru the ground.

For tenth grader Liz Jaipargas, who will be club president in September, the plantings are an opportunity.

"This is a chance for us to put the knowledge we have gotten in the class into practice," Jaipargas said.

Woods-Ray said that the club members and herself will continue take turns tending the garden over the summer.

She was less certain about what will happen at harvest time, in early fall.

"We have not decided what we will do with what we grow," Woods-Ray said. "The fall classes will make that decision."

Woods-Ray said the group may wind up donating what they grow to a food pantry, but student Kristine Pulaski said the group may have to sell some of their produce. " We want to make sure that we will have the money to continue the program."

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