Boy Scout Troop 576 recently created a self-guided educational tour of the Carmel Clay Schools Plots to Plates Organic Community Gardens behind Carmel Middle School.
The tour consists of seven stations describing the environmentally beneficial areas of the gardens: the pollinator garden, stage and teaching area, compost bins, rain garden healthy eating mural, rain barrels and field trip and food pantry plot.
As part of his Eagle Scout project, Boy Scout Lant Jenkins collaborated with the school to design and create the map and signs, and he led a team of Scouts to install them.
“Creating the tour helped me to learn about the environmental importance of the community garden,” Jenkins said. “I encourage local residents to visit the garden, take the tour and learn about what they can do to help the environment.”
The Carmel Green Teen Micro-Grant Program provided funding for the garden tour. The program awards grants of up to $1,000 to young people to fund sustainability projects in Carmel.
The garden is open to all Carmel residents and CCS employees. Ninety-eight plots are available for use by households or school and community groups. For more, visit ccsgreenteam.org.