May 30, 2024
Staunton students create legacy project with Shelbloom community garden
Shelburne CTE teacher Ryan Blosser helps students, from left, Nate Colavita, Reggie Walton and Hudson Bronik-Ezzell plant collard greens Thursday morning, May 12, in the middle school's garden.

STAUNTON — Reggie Walton will be moving next year and not attending Shelburne Middle School. The seventh-grader is disappointed that they won’t see the end results of the work put into creating a school garden this year, but excited to be part of a legacy that will hopefully live on for many years.

Last spring Shelburne’s CTE teacher Ryan Blosser stood in a grassy area behind the middle school and next to the track talking about his dream to create a garden and learning lab that can be used by all students at the school. Behind-the-scenes work was already well underway in realizing that dream. 

With funding supplied by the Community Foundation of the Central Blue Ridge and Staunton City Schools, plus a lot of hard work by Blosser and his students, a year later that dream has come true. Last Thursday students were planting kale and collard greens in the production garden.