Lindell creates garden through recycling efforts

A new garden at Long Beach’s Lindell Elementary School was brought from concept to fruition through efforts made by the Student Council. As a result of fundraising initiatives, an herb, flower and vegetable garden is now situated alongside the fence facing West Bay Drive.

The Student Council has encouraged water bottle recycling throughout the building and used proceeds to make donations to the Make a Wish Foundation and American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. Return profits from a Water Bottle Challenged enabled the students to create a Lindell garden that contains lavender, mint, basil, oregano, scallions, garlic, chives and cherry tomatoes. One of the four raised garden boxes was dubbed the "pizza box," as it contains herbs and tomatoes fit for a sauce.
The planting of the garden was accomplished by the Student Council members with support from head custodian Scott Vaaler, who played an essential role in facilitating schoolwide recycling, acquired garden beds and took on "master farmer" responsibilities.

“The goal is to have food from our garden available for students' lunches and at the same time develop an interest in healthy food,” said Student Council Advisor Jane Quinton. “We also hope that the garden can become a resource for hands on learning.”