A move is underfoot to build a vegetable garden outside the main entrance of Camden-Rockport Elementary School, with parents tending to all the details.

Voting 8 to 0, school board members of Maine School Administrative District 28 gave conceptual approval to the idea, contingent on whether the town of Rockport will agree with a plan to relocate four to six trees that were planted as part of the requisite landscaping. The board heard the request at its regularly scheduled Feb. 10 meeting.

Parents Kristin Nelson and Charlotte Horowitz outlined their plan to build 12 raised beds in the patch of green inside the bus loop that circles around the front door of the recently expanded elementary school on Route 90 in Rockport. The school’s original building was constructed in 1997 by the Children’s House Montessori School, and the original garden area in the green island remains. That is where Nelson and Horowitz hope to grow vegetables to feed students and the community.

Last spring, the two parents gardened with students at the Erickson Farm, which is down the field and across Route 90 from the school. Erickson Farm, which is overseen by Maine Coast Heritage Trust and Aldermere Farm, provides community garden plots and worked with the Camden-Rockport Parents and Teachers Association to grow 75 pounds of vegetables for the lunch program at the school.

“We thought it would be wonderful to have a garden over here,” said Nelson.

The two said teachers have indicated interest in integrating curriculum with the garden, outlining possible academic projects. They also said growing produce would expose students to better food choices, and would help beautify the school grounds.

They envision building 12 raised beds that would establish 124 square feet of gardening space. The engineering design work was produced by a parent working at Gartley and Dorsky Engineering, and Nelson passed around to school board members schematic drawings of the proposed garden.

Funding for the garden would derive from community support, said Horowitz. Estimated initial costs include $2,000 for building cedar beds, $470 for tree relocation, and $4,000 for soil and compost.

“We won’t ask the school for any money,” she said.

Nelson said the garden would be tended in the summer by committed volunteers who have signed contracts for the task. Already 25 adults have volunteered, she said.

“It is organized week by week with family contracts, and who wants the guilt of killing all the seedlings,” she said.

“We don’t want to burden the teachers, to ask them to pull weeds and teach,” said Nelson. Instead, they envision communicating with teachers about garden progress and announcing opportunities, such as, “Mr. Finkelstein, your class can pick green beans.”

Leftover produce will be donated to the food pantry, the parents said.

The school board did not give final approval to the plan, with Chairman Tori Manzi explaining that the issue of relocating trees must be ironed out with the town.

“We’re letting you know we like the idea,” she said. The parents were asked to return in March to the next full school board meeting to finish the garden discussion.