Goff Middle School’s Garden Club is in full bloom this spring. With the help of local businesses, students have been able to clean up the garden, which hasn’t been used in more than two years due to COVID-19. The club, which started out with no funds in its account because of its inactivity, reached out to area landscaping companies and garden centers earlier in the year, asking for donations of top soil and compost. Three companies heeded the call:
- Hewitt’s donated 10 bags of top soil and a wealth of seed packets
- Minion Squad Landscaping donated 10 bags of top soil
- Brad Rose Landscaping donated two yards of compost, along with one hour’s worth of time with their landscapers who helped students cart, shovel out and rake in the new compost.
“We couldn’t have done this without these local businesses helping us,” said Goff Garden Club Advisor Mrs. DiGiorgi. “It wasn’t easy starting up Garden Club after a long absence. The raised beds were overrun with weeds, the soil was depleted, and several repairs have to be made to the storage shed. We can’t thank these companies enough for their generosity!”
In addition to the donations, Garden Club also held a David’s Cookies fundraiser in the winter that was very successful and helped pay for the purchase of plants and flowers.
Garden Club meets once a week after school. Students tend to the raised garden beds where they planted assorted vegetable plants and fruits, and flowers. Plans include harvesting the lettuce and tomatoes once they are ready, and students can enjoy a salad lunch!