SCHOOLYARD ROOTS PROGRAM HAS NEW BUILDING FOR MORE EVENTS, PLANT PROJECTS

Schoolyard Roots

Schoolyard Roots, formerly the Druid City Garden Project, hosted a ribbon-cutting ceremony at its new headquarters in the Capital Park Nonprofit Neighborhood. The new location has more space to host events, as well as grow plants for the 11 schools that partner with the program.

Program director Nicole Gelb Dugat said they take students into the garden to make their curriculum more collaborative and engaging.

“Students come out to the garden and they will measure the perimeter of a garden bed, they will chart the growth of a basil plant, they will learn about pollination, about life cycles, about the history of heritage varieties of okra and collard greens,” she said. “So they get a lot of hands-on opportunities to link what they do in the classroom out into the real world.”

Schoolyard Roots will have its annual Garden Party fundraiser at the Tuscaloosa River Market on Nov. 3 at 5:30 p.m. The event will feature food made by Tuscaloosa-area restaurants using locally-sourced produce.

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