Hampshire Regional students plant fruit trees and plants

Wednesday, June 11, 2014
GARDEN GLORY: Hampshire Regional High School’s grounds in Westhampton will soon be home to fruit-bearing trees and berry bushes thanks to a collaboration between the school and Help Yourself!, a Northampton nonprofit that transforms public spaces into orchards and edible gardens.

All told, 66 students and their teachers — all part of Team Northern Lights, one of the Grade 8 teams — will work with Help Yourself! volunteers Wednesday morning to plant between 30 and 50 trees and bushes around the campus.

Scott Green, a history teacher and Northern Lights team leader, said in a statement that the idea is for students to watch the trees grow and bear fruit that they can eat.

“Both the students and the trees mature on campus,” he said.