Community Garden the site of BOCES GED graduation ceremony

By WKTV News

UTICA, N.Y. (WKTV) - Since Good Friday, local BOCES students, through the BOCES Educational Resource Program, have been tending to the plants at the Jay Street Community Garden in Utica, making it fitting that they celebrated graduation there on Friday, June 15.

The students cleared, prepared and planted nearly 40 beds of plants using organic methods and harvested lettuce, greens and radishes so far.

The students were joined by the garden managers from Hamilton College for a pot luck cookout on Friday.

"I hope it grows," said Cassandra Harris-Lockwood, CEO of For the Good, Inc and Garden Manager. "I hope it expands and becomes a wonderful model for how people living in the inner city and on public assistance can help themselves and create this beautiful alternative."

Some of the food that has been grown has already been harvested.

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