HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT)-- Volunteers took part of their Saturday to head back to school. They gave their time at Morris Elementary to help with an initiative of Deep Roots Alabama.
"We have the opportunity to really expand our seed to plate program by introducing new foods," said Wendy Payne of Deep Roots Alabama. "Watching the children learn how to grow and possibly make some healthy lifestyle choices that are really good for them."
Payne says one of the reason's the school was chosen for this "Seed to Plate" program from Deep Roots is that Morris Elementary is considered to be in a part of Huntsville known as a food desert.
"A food desert is anywhere 300 or more people do not have walking access to healthy, affordable food. This particular area in Huntsville is in a food desert."
The students will get weekly lessons in growing their own food.
"We teach them how to compost," said instructor Tony McGehee. "We teach them about the dirt, mixing the dirt. And, then we start giving them their own little stake with their name on it and then they start planting their own plants."
Among the volunteers who participated in the clean-up day were small group members of Leadership Huntsville-Madison County Class 27. The group adopted this as their small group project.
There will be another volunteer day coming up on March 22nd.