Seattle high schoolers help build gardens in Lower Valley
WAPATO, Wash. -- Ten Lower Valley residents now have new gardens thanks to teen volunteers.
Students from a the Northwest School, a Seattle private school, spent Thursday afternoon building raised vegetable gardens for homes in Wapato, Toppenish and Zillah.
The community service project is a way to bring students out of their comfort zones in the I-5 corridor and help a community.
The students planted vegetables in the new gardens to help homeowners have better access to fresh food.
"Yakima produces a lot of food and also has some water issues at times, we thought it would be a good idea to introduce a way to have a sustainable little food source for a family in the back of their home," student Liam Macdonald said.
Heritage University is hosting the 70 tenth graders while they finish the project.
The school's dean of students learned about Heritage through an NPR broadcast. Administrators also chose a visit to the Yakima Valley to show students where much of their food is grown.