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LRHS students work their own produce in the school garden

(LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL) – The LRHS agriculture program is getting their Corral Community Garden up and running.

Although the community will not be allowed inside because of Covid-19 regulations, home grown, fresh produce is available for all Mustangs.

The produce is free, although donations to the agriculture program are greatly appreciated, and is available for pick-up in the school production room.

The garden has already produced a harvest of radishes, turnips, collard greens, mustard greens, and some squash. Lima, green, and yellow wax beans should be ready before Christmas Break.

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Agriculture teacher and FFA adviser Janyel Taylor said, “We planted strawberries the first week of November, so we are excited for those to start producing in the cooler months.”

Soon the program hopes to plant germinated leeks, mini broccoli, sugar peas, Swiss chard, and spinach in the greenhouse. All of these seeds used were generously donated by Johnny’s Seeds.

Produce from the LRHS Corral Garden.

The program is looking to expand the garden in the next year by adding outdoor picnic tables, potting tables, composting pods, grapes, and blueberries.

Taylor continued, “We as a program are so thankful for our sponsors – the Manatee County Farm Bureau, Ranch Lake Culver’s, Cannon Well Drilling, and a private donor. We are always looking for more sponsors to assist in expanding the garden.”