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Jeremy Roberts’ senior plant science class partnered with Ground Works and SD Agriculture in the Classroom to build teaching garden boxes behind Sioux Falls Christian High School on Tuesday morning.

The students laid wooden boards, screwed them into formation and filled the newly created boxes with compost. This garden will be a tool for active learning for the rest of the year.

“A teaching garden is different than a community garden in that you’re linking all of the educational pieces of their STEM day or their language arts or history to this garden, so it’s literally a living laboratory,” said Cindy Heidelberger Larson, Ground Works associate executive director.

By letting students get involved in every step of the process, from construction to harvest, they can practice what they’re learning in real time. 

“You’ve got problem solving, you’ve got communication skills happening