Albany schools gardeners making summer plans

The Garden Club at Myers Middle School continues to dig in the dirt all summer long.  And Myers won’t be the only Albany district school where school gardeners have a chance to get together. Organizers of a new garden at Albany High School will meet weekly and, as at Myers, welcome friends – both those who have met and those who have not yet met – to stop by and pick up a tool.

The Myers Garden Club: the Summer Edition will meet Tuesday evenings, beginning June 24. The gathering is set to be from 6 to 8 p.m. early in the summer. It will shift an hour earlier in August, when daylight gets shorter. The high school group, led by student Liz John, is working the soil on Saturdays, from 10 a.m. until noon, starting this weekend.

More than get dirt under your fingernails and more than build school community, visiting with gardeners at these schools helps build the teaching tools that gardens are. At Myers, for example, more than 400 students toured the school vegetable garden in September and did some harvesting and tasting. Garden beds were bountiful in September, thanks to all the attention they got during the summer.

Students are welcome at both locations, along with friends and family.

—Bill Stoneman

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