Some of the vegetable plants Elkins High School agriculture students grew from seed for sale this spring ended up in project gardens where the food grown will feed local people who need it.
The students were so successful in growing these plants, the greenhouse was overflowing with squash, zucchini, lettuce, tomato and spinach plants. After the annual spring plant sale that raises funds to cover growing expenses, there were leftover plants with no homes.
That's where local programs stepped in to take these plants to grow and produce fresh food for the people and families in the area that are in need.
"The Elkins High School FFA generously donated items to the Huttonsville Work Camp Inmates for their garden. Items donated included: tomatoes, zucchini, squash, lettuce, broccoli and pepper plants," said Samantha Ball.
Ball is involved with "Harvest Now," a project designed to grow fresh produce for food banks. The Mountaineer Food Bank, a program that provides to numerous agencies throughout the state, such as food pantries, soup kitchens, shelters, after-school programs and many more, receives much of the produce.
Robin Mams, from Davis Memorial Presbyterian Church, accepted pepper and squash plants. Agriculture students met her at the food plot run by her group to harvest some of the vegetables produced from the plants they themselves started from seed.
"The donations of these plants really helped our food plot this year," Mams said. "What we really need to make this even more successful next year is labor for weeding, harvesting and maintenance."
Interested community members can help next year.
For more information, contact Sue Derbyshire at Davis Memorial Presbyterian Church.
The students and Mams took more than 63 1/2 pounds of fresh produce to the Catholic Charities of West Virginia near Davis Electric Company.