5/22/2013 11:43:00 AM School, and its seniors, help spread green ways
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Naomi Chilton, a senior at De La Salle North Catholic High School, helps neighbors get free plant starts.
Residents of North Portland were invited to pick up free plant starts and seeds during an event at De La Salle North Catholic High School.
More than 450 residents of North Portland received free produce, plant starts and gardening supplies during an April 15 giveaway hosted by De La Salle North Catholic High School.
A truck from gardening company Burpee arrived on a dry day with 1,300 pounds of produce and 500 vegetable plants. The idea was to encourage urban gardening and healthy eating.
Kari Barnett, biology and environmental science teacher at De La Salle North, brought the activity to De La Salle by encouraging people to vote on Facebook.
Barnett says she was excited to host the Burpee tour at De La Salle because many families in the area don'y have access to fresh produce at affordable prices.
"Encouraging families to grow their own vegetables is a sustainable way for families to afford quality produce, as well as build a connection to the Earth through the hands-on act of gardening," she said.
“I was interested in volunteering for the produce giveaway and gardening promotion, because we are a green school and this event supports those goals," says Eric Hernandez-Cobb, a senior taking the environmental science class.
This year, more than 1.25 million votes were cast on Facebook in a competition to select the “Grow Anywhere Tour” stops in 23 of the country’s largest cities. De La Salle North received the most votes of all schools in Portland. As part of the visit, De La Salle got 50 vegetable plants for its school garden.