Student gardeners earn green


A group of ten Media Academy students are getting some green for work in the school garden.

Matthew Green, a former journalism teacher at Media Academy who is in charge of this club, received two grants from Philanthropic Ventures Foundation and S.D. Bechtel, Jr. Foundation to run the garden program. This also pays the students that participate.

The 10 students meet after school on Wednesdays from 1:50 to 4 p.m to take care of the garden. 

Garden Club member Kim Mejia, a junior, gets her own section where she grows lettuce, potatoes, flowers, onions and spinach.

 “It’s a very unique opportunity to have a garden in our school,” said Mejia. “I think it’s important for students to know how to grow their own food.”

Once students have harvested their food, they cook what they have grown.  

“Whenever the food is ready we make a healthy meal,” said Mejia.

The Garden Club, for example, cooked quesadillas in December, using kale and­ spinach from the garden.

They also get more than just a chance to cook and learn about gardening. The students also receive a $100 stipend every semester.

“It’s nice to get extra money for doing something I like,” said Jazmin Garcia.

Anyone interested in the Garden Club can contact Green at [email protected]