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Colton FFA plants Healthy Starts Garden to donate to Colton Helping Hands and the school cafeteria

COURTESY PHOTO: LUPE HOBGOOD - Ethan Sirr, Tina Reed and Taylor Baurer help plant the CHS Healthy Starts Garden.Colton High School's Career and Technical Education program, Colton FFA Chapter, have planted a Healthy Starts Garden beside the career technical education building or "the shop."

"FoodWaves donates the soil, fertilizer, and most of the vegetable starts every year," said Lupe Hobgood, CHS CTE teacher, "and Matt Brown comes and teaches the students about growing food. He has been instrumental in keeping our garden growing."

This year, the class planted kale, kohlrabi, lettuce, onions, eggplant, potatoes and tomatoes. All the produce that is harvested is donated to Colton Helping Hands and the school cafeteria.

According to Hobgood, several of the raised beds were moved over to the school garden from behind Colton Helping Hands because they needed the area for parking.

"I really like that we get to donate healthy food to help the people who use the food bank," CTE student Dylan Bonfield said.

Senior Ethan Sirr said he remembers when the wood class built the first raised beds (but wasn't quite sure of the year) and started growing vegetables.

PMG PHOTO: CINDY FAMA - The Healthy Starts Garden entrance.

"It is important to help other people as you can and this is a really good way to do it," Sirr said.

K.J. Roberstons said it feels good to be able to help others and Nathan Carroll summed it up by saying, "We are growing to share."

Synove Hansen will be watering the garden throughout the summer to make sure there is a good harvest season.

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