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Through planting the Canby Center garden, CHS Field to Table students help those with food needs while also learning

COURTESY PHOTO - Students in Canby High's Field to Table class prepare the soil at the Canby Center.Some students from Canby High School are getting out of the classroom and into the garden.

Those students are from CHS's Field to Table class and they are again planting the gardens at The Canby Center, according to Terri Cummings, Canby High Agriculture Science teacher.

So far, with the help of a Living to Serve grant from the National FFA Organization, the students have replaced some worn raised beds, grown vegetables, tested the soil and fertilized the garden areas according to the soil needs.

The students have already harvested twice this spring—lettuce and onions from the 12 raised beds they planted in early spring, Cummings said. But they await a greater harvest of vegetables including zucchini, kale, broccoli and herbs planted in a 40- by 25-foot garden area.

It's not all work for the students though; they also have much to learn from the process.

Currently, the students are learning about water wise gardening," Cummings said.

She said to make the best use of water, students are learning to use a drip irrigation system and one-mil poly sheeting so that less water is used and less evaporation occurs.

All of the students hard work pays off for a cause, as the harvests go to the harvest share at the Canby Center on Tuesdays.

Kristen Wohlers
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