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Berryton Garden Club meets after school during the fall and spring planting/growing seasons. Our clubs consist of 35 students and several adult volunteers. It’s an excellent way for children to learn about plants and their life cycles, the benefits of eating fresh foods, patience, hard work and dedication, team work, and developing healthy habits. Students experience a mini-lesson on the types of fruits, vegetables, and herbs we grow in our garden and what are the needs of the plants. We spend most of our hour after school working in the garden: planting, weeding, harvesting, and so much more. Most importantly, we sample our produce!

We’d like to thank the teachers, Berryton families, Berryton Kiwanis, Farm Bureau, the Weaver family, Premiere Farm and Home, Tarwater’s, WestStar Energy (donation to our shed), Heartland Tree Service and others who have graciously given to our garden.

If you have any questions or interest in our garden club, please contact Laura Hurla at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. You can also find us on FaceBook – Berryton Elementary School Garden.

Past article from the Topeka Capital Journal:

May 17, 2011


BERRYTON, Kan. -- Students at Berryton Elementary School will be coming to school all summer. Members of the newly founded Garden Club will volunteer throughout their summer vacation to tend the fruits and vegetables growing on school property. The final two Garden Club meetings of the school year will be from 4-5 p.m. Thursday and Tuesday on the west side of the school's playground at 69th and Berryton. The Garden Club was founded to foster healthy children by encouraging outdoor exercise and healthy eating habits. The Club already has planted an assortment of healthy foods, including strawberries, spinach, potatoes, peas, beans, lettuce, carrots, broccoli, cauliflower, melons, tomatoes, onions, and peppers.The Garden Club, which has about 60 members from kindergarten through sixth grade, was established in March under the direction of Rick Martin, who also helped start two similar projects in Lawrence. The club's sponsors include fourth-grade teacher Laura Hurla, parent volunteer Kayla Moss and para-professional Sally Buckland. The club and sponsors receive assistance from many parents, staff and community members. Donations from local businesses PLS Landscaping, Premiere Farm & Home, and Tarwater Farm & Home Supply provided many of the necessary supplies, seeds and tools. The Berryton Kiwanis and Shawnee County Farm Bureau also have provided support for the project. For additional information, please contact Laura Hurla at 785-861-1300 or at 785-341-3234.

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