Though school is out for the summer, young gardeners at Harwell Elementary
are still learning.
"This summer, it's actually been raining, and that's really good for our garden," third grader Bella says. "So I think that was probably really a good part on the weather."
This is the garden's first season. The school's assistant principal Reyna Torres says the kids are learning more than how to work the soil and grow plants.
"They're taking ownership in the school itself. So it's making them really excited about them growing something and being responsible for it."
They're also the importance of pollinators and have just completed a bee hotel.
"We're going to do that hotel so that bees can pollinate. The only bees that can sting you are the females," fifth grader Justin says. "We're also doing a butterfly way station. They call it a way station because they're migrating from Mexico to here and here to Mexico. We're planting milkweed so the butterflies can eat it. They become toxic and other predators don't want to eat them."
Toni Spray is the Executive Director of the Lubbock United Neighborhood Association, LUNA, and says community gardens are popping up all around Lubbock.
"It doesn't matter what area of Lubbock that we're talking about," she says. "Community gardens is something that seems to appeal to all ages, all demographics."
LUNA, along with the Lubbock Master Gardeners and other community groups, are helping gardens like this flourish.
"Our first gardens we have put in food deserts, so areas that you cannot foot traffic to a good place for sustainable food," Spray says. "That has really been kind of our idea on where we've placed them."
Organizers hope the lessons learned at the garden will make a lifelong impression on the students.
"Maybe light a fire within them for agriculture to where we may have a new generation of farmers that didn't come from a farming family or ranchers," Spray says. "Also the healthy aspect, to be able to get people, kids particularly, away from processed foods and things that we keep putting into our bodies and teaching them the healthier side of life."
If you're thinking about starting a community garden, don't do it alone. Spray says it needs a group that will work together to share the responsibility. She says to also think about the water your garden will be using and to consider installing rainwater harvesting system.
Anyone is invited to work and harvest from these community gardens. To find the one nearest you, contact the Lubbock United Neighborhood Association