The leaders of Project Sprout, the first student-run vegetable garden and fruit orchard at a public high school in the United States, will present "What If You Started a Garden and Everyone Came?" on Thursday, March 25, at 6:30 p.m., at Saint Joseph's College. Sam Levin and others from Monument High School in Great Barrington, Mass., will talk about how their initial idea blossomed to a point where the 12,000-sq. ft. organic garden now supplies their cafeteria with fresh fruits and vegetables, helps feed the hungry in the community and serves as a living laboratory for students in the school system. The model grassroots effort has caught the attention of Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association and Slow Food alike, inspired countless people from Massachusetts to Italy to undertake community development projects, and made gardening and organic food available to more school districts.
According to Orion Magazine, "Project Sprout became not simply a group of excited kids, but an entire community of people, young and old, working together to make the garden happen." The presentation is sponsored by the Saco Valley/Lakes Region Food Policy Council. The presentation will be held at The Chalet, at the rear of St. Joseph Hall. It is free and open to the public. 893-6683.