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Volunteers transform landscape at James Morris School
Litchfield.bz (06-04-19)


 

The community garden at the James Morris School in Morris as it looked on Saturday during a landscape improvement project. BZ photos

James Morris School staff, parents and volunteers put in a weekend of work improving the landscape around the school, including the community garden behind the building.

The project was coordinated by Stephanie Benson, a landscape designer who owns BAS Outdoors with her husband, Rob Skarupa, and Margie Groht. The coordinators have children in the school.

A fundraising campaign led by James Morris students generated the money needed to carry out the project. Materials were donated by local businesses as well. The value of the job is an estimated $5,000.

Work included the installation of a drip irrigation system for the community garden and construction of 13 new raised wooden boxes for the garden.

James Morris custodian Bruce Richard and project coordinator Stephanie Benson assess their next move.

Margie Groht, a leader of the effort, checks on stones placed near the entrance to the school.

The community garden being reshaped.

Jeff Groht had help from his son, Charlie, in building raised boxes for the garden.

Charlie Groht moves one of the 13 raised boxes he built.

Stephanie Benson is hard at work.

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