Youngstown students get their hands dirty

St. Joseph students plant vegetables

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) — Growing what you eat is something farmers do, but now students at one area school are doing the same thing.

Students at the St. Joseph the Provider Catholic School in Youngstown are planting more than 400 vegetables at the garden on Turin Avenue in the Brier Hill neighborhood. The school received a grant from the state of Ohio for equipment and seeds.

Far. Michael Swierz, school president, said the goal is to use the garden as a teachable moment for students.

“Just teach them how to be responsible in growing something and taking care of it for the whole summer and bearing the fruit,” Swierz said.

Many of the students who planted the vegetables will help take care of the garden over the summer. Others will even take plants home in containers.

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