La Crosse elementary school opens new garden

A brand new garden at a La Crosse elementary school is bringing its surrounding community together while also teaching kids how food ends up on their plate.

Spence Elementary dedicated its brand new community garden Thursday afternoon.

The school applied to get the garden through the Grow La Crosse program, which works to teach kids about healthy food choices and where their food comes from.

Kids at the school will now spend what’s left of the school year planting the seeds for a variety of produce with community volunteers chipping in.

“We want kids to understand where the food comes from. We’re lucky to live in an area where we do have access to locally grown food all over the city, all over the driftless area, so I feel like it’s part of the kids growing up in this region that this should be part of the curriculum,” said La Crosse city council member Jacqueline Marcou.

Once the plants sprout, the plan is to use the fruits and vegetables in the school’s cafeteria with any extra food being used to stock their food pantry for families in need.