Community celebrates new school garden in La Crescent

LA CRESCENT, Minn. (WKBT) – A new garden is growing fresh food for kids thanks to the hard work of Boy Scout Troop 33 of La Crescent and other local organizations.

As part of his goal to become an Eagle Scout, over the summer Nick Drye helped GROW La Crosse build a school garden adjacent to the La Crescent Food Shelf.

The La Crescent Rotary Club and the Houston County Master Gardeners also helped out.

It’s a place where students from the La Crescent-Hokah Elementary School can do hands-on learning while spending time outdoors.

Plus, the fruits and veggies they grow will be incorporated into school lunches.

Drye says with the pandemic limiting what kids can do, this will be a great opportunity for them.

“It’s a little more open, there’s more airflow, during the coronavirus, it’s just better. It’s easier for kids to focus on the teacher, they aren’t waiting to get out of class. It’s just a little easier on them, less stressful,” Drye said.

Drye said he started gardening when he was young, helping his mom work in La Crescent’s first community garden.

On Thursday evening there was a ribbon-cutting celebrating the newly built garden.