Every other Saturday, Asheville School hosts community-wide service days, where students and faculty members come together to participate in service activities both on and off campus.
One such project is the ongoing third form gardening project. Led by Asheville School instructor Dr. Mike Hill, students grow produce to harvest and donate to local food pantries or other nonprofits that provide food to families in need.
"This service project is teaching students a variety of skills and providing food for our community," said Asheville School Director of Parent Engagement Lynn Gilliland, who works with the gardening team. "It is awesome when you have a faculty member willing to lead this kind of effort, so I am grateful to Dr. Hill."
In December, produce donations went to Buncombe County nonprofit Bounty & Soul, which provides fresh healthy food, nutrition literacy, and health and wellness resources to families in Buncombe and McDowell counties. Bounty & Soul distributes produce at five weekly markets in the areas they serve.Asheville School's most recent donation was distributed in Black Mountain, North Carolina at markets held at St. James Episcopal Church and Blue Ridge Apartments. You can see more photos of the gardening crew here.