Blackbird Paradise Garden
In 2009, the garden committee at the Voorheesville Elementary School approached me about the design and construction of a large scale vegetable garden. This garden was to be used as an educational resource for children in kindergarten through fifth grade. I agreed to this project and worked with the committee through the winter to come up with a final design. The garden committee then approached local businesses and were able to locate materials for the project, many of which were donated. Elemental Landscapes, Inc. donated all of the labor, machinery and brick required to construct this garden known as the “Blackbird Paradise.” We moved in during the school’s April vacation and began construction. When the children returned to school one week later, the garden was complete and ready for planting. The garden has proved to be a huge success since its creation. My children are the third generation of my family to go through the Voorheesville School District and I have been proud to give back to my community through this unique project!