Planting Time!

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This week third grade students of Beach School planted their new raised garden beds with fruits and vegetables with the help of Coach Heather Ludovico and Estero Island Garden Club members Bobbi Kemp and Cindy Richardson along with friends from the Fort Myers Beach Fire Dept. They will be watching as basil, lettuce, strawberries, mint, oregano and tomatoes grow.

Fort Myers Beach Fire Dept., fort myers beach school
Leading the planting crew were Estero Island Garden Club members Bobbi Kemp (L) and Cindy Richardson (R) with Coach Heather Ludovico, center. Photos courtesy of Beach School.

The garden beds began as a result of a grant Coach Ludovico, PE and Music Teacher, applied for and won from the Dairy Council of Florida Farm to School program, to encourage healthy eating and physical activity. The Garden Club helped design the beds and students, staff, Garden Club members, Fire District members, friends and neighbors built the beds in mid-January.