Students learn about gardening at Highmark Community Garden opening

PARKERSBURG, W. Va. (WTAP) – Some young students get their hands dirty learning about gardening.

The Highmark Community Garden in Parkersburg welcomed the public to its 2018 opening Wednesday morning.

Organizers offered free gardening lessons for participants.

Seventy-five Franklin Elementary students learned how to plant fruits and vegetables.

The garden is now in its four season.

“What you eat drives so much of your personal health and we can’t focus enough on fresh fruits and vegetables,” Highmark West Virginia president Jim Fawcett said, “but also when you look at quality of life measurements throughout the world, gardening in particular embodies both the physical activity of gardening, but also the social interaction because gardening can be done between children, parents and grandparents.”

The garden features 48 plots for rent. It offers free vegetable plants to help renters get their garden started.

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