THMS students earn ribbons of all colors
By Tina Shute
The Republican Journal Photographer

BELFAST (Sep 30): Students from the Troy Howard Middle School Garden Project won 30 first-place, 34 second-place, one third-place and three judge's awards for vegetable and flower entries at the 2008 Common Ground Country Fair.

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Tina Shute
Students from the Troy Howard Middle School Garden Project display ribbons they earned at the 2008 Common Ground Country Fair. (Photo by Tina Shute)

The Garden Project, a year-round environmental learning center, has been recognized by the U.S. Department of Agriculture for excellence in teaching and education.

Last year's middle school gardeners planned for this event in January, while this year's seventh-graders harvested the crops and prepared the presentations.

Teachers in the Garden Project have received numerous state and national awards honoring the curriculum and assessment model and service learning efforts.

The Garden Project is being featured next month at the Center for Ecoliteracy Conference in Berkeley, Calif.

Learn more or get involved with an SAD 34 garden by visiting schoolgardenproject.com.