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Garden of goodwill

St. Joseph's Catholic School kindergartners pick pumpkins in their own patch Thursday morning. (Photo Courtesy of St. Joseph School).
St. Joseph's Catholic School kindergartners pick pumpkins in their own patch Thursday morning. (Photo Courtesy of St. Joseph School).

Triplicate Staff

Students at St. Joseph Catholic School were able to pick pumpkins from their own patch Thursday morning in preparation for the upcoming Oktoberfest and Halloween holiday.

"This was the first year we grew pumpkins," Becky Wood, principal at St. Joseph, said.

The garden isn't just for the students, it serves a charitable purpose in the community as well.

"It's part of their science curriculum and part of their school service," Wood said. The the fruits and vegetables of the student's and staff's labor are distributed "to help the public."

The students help out by picking and organizing the veggies and fruits to be donated.

Because St. Joseph is in a low income area, Woods thought it was important to allow community members and those in need to eat from the garden.

"It really is nice to be here for the neighbors," she said.

The patch was created from a donation from Bill Stamps Jr. in memory of his father, according Becky Wood, Principal at St. Joseph's.

The garden has raised beds, irrigation systems on a timer and a fountain. Wood said the garden serves multiple purposes.

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