Reagan Edgren has developed a passion for gardening. She is president of Marjory’s Garden, a project that involves many of the clubs and academic programs at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.
“We have taken and open space and made it look very nice. We have laid sod, dug out areas for the garden, laid rocks and worked on planting. About 30 students come out on Saturday morning to build this garden,” said Edgren.
She and other students actually enjoy the hard physical work involved with gardening. Edgren wants people to know that the students who are developing this garden really care about their school. “This is being done by students. The hard work is worth it,” she said.
Cyril Yared, a member the DECA program is working to build a shade house where the DECA members will grow various plants. Eventually DECA will lead an effort to sell the produce from the garden.
“I like the idea of growing my own food. I like working on this project,” he said.
Students and faculty at Stoneman Douglas High School are working together to develop Marjory’s Garden. This is a unique program involving the school’s biology, culinary arts, environmental, earth science and DECA students. The goal is to transform an open lot in the back of the school in a large garden project that will provide a wide range of vegetable products.
Students have been working hard on this project after school and on Saturdays. Currently the garden is in phase one with raised vegetable gardens. There will be a wide range of vegetables grown in the garden. Eventually the goal is to use solar panels and rainwater to improve the garden. There will be a section where vegetables will be grown using the hydroponics method. The project has received a $4,000 grant and is looking for ways to raise more money.
“We want to create an outdoor classroom,” said Sean Simpson. “We want to get many students involved. We want DECA students to help with raising money and selling the food we produce. We want science students to use this garden to learn more about plants.”
So far the project is in its initial phase. There are plans to develop it further.