Sacred Heart Elementary to hold Community Garden ribbon-cutting ceremony

The garden, a project undertaken by high school, elementary and early childhood students and their families with support from High school Roots and Shoots members, local businesses and the community, will contain 16 raised beds to provide produce for local food pantries, including Pilgrim Hope, St. Joseph’s and Matthew’s Kitchen.

The Community Garden is situated in a full-sun graded location on the border of the elementary schoolyard. The 16 raised beds will yield a wide variety of vegetables, herbs and companion flowers.

The garden project has educated students on the origins of raw food and what is required to nurture, grow and harvest a wide range of produce using sustainable and farm-to-table practices.

Throughout the summer, campers at the school’s Camp Morning Star will learn about and help maintain the gardens.

Goodrich Lumber donated all lumber for the garden and the Plymouth County Sheriff’s Department built the raised boxes. The Walker family researched, designed, purchased, and installed the drip irrigation system for the garden. Other Community Partners include the Jane Goodall Institute, DeMelo Brothers Landscaping, Ground Effects Landscape Design, Sisters of Divine Providence and Terra Cura Inc. Chipotle Mexican Grill donated food during the spring build day.

The Community Garden project is also made possible through a $2,000 grant from The Whole Kids Foundation.

Students have assisted in all areas of the project, including planting, weeding, watering and will also participate in the final harvest in August.

About Sacred Heart School

Sacred Heart is a private, co-educational Catholic school system, which provides educational opportunities for students throughout southeastern Massachusetts and Cape Cod, from preschool through grade 12. As a sponsored ministry of the Sisters of Divine Providence, Sacred Heart School strives to inspire minds, define character and encourage responsible leadership through a curriculum that prepares students to pursue knowledge throughout their lives. The school provides students with a strong liberal arts curriculum, and integrates technology into the hands of students with its One to One iPad Program. Sacred Heart also offers extensive athletic, arts and extra-curricular activities for students. Founded in 1947, the school underwent a governance change in July 2011, incorporating the Sacred Heart Schools in Kingston, MA as Sacred Heart School System, Inc. This new structure was implemented to assure the continuation of academic excellence of the Sacred Heart Schools for the future, as well as the Catholic mission and the religious community traditions. The school system serves students on a beautiful, expansive campus on Route 80 that includes three school buildings, a central administrative office, and athletic fields and facilities. Sacred Heart School welcomes students of all faiths and diverse backgrounds. The school prides itself in a commitment to developing the whole student, offering an independent school atmosphere and top-tier academics. Pamela Desmarais serves as the school’s President. The Sacred Heart campus is located at 251-399 Bishops Highway, Kingston, MA 02364. For additional information about the school, please visit sacredheartkingston.com or call 781-585-7511.