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.

andquot;This was the first year we grew pumpkins,andquot; 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.

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

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.

andquot;It really is nice to be here for the neighbors,andquot; 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.