With help from a Lowe's crew, Medomak Middle School students completed their garden project June 14 and 15.

The Thomaston Lowe's store chose the MMS garden to receive its Heroes Project Award. Lowe's donated a sprinkler, hoses, a hose cart, shovels, gloves, hand trowels, scuffle hoes, magnifying glasses and other materials with an approximate total value of $1,000.

Jake Barbour, owner of JBI Earthwork in Rockland, donated loam garden soil. Other donations came from Joe March, the Black Dirt Guy in Thomaston; Johnny's Select Seeds of Winslow; High Mowing; Seed Savers Exchange; Green Thumb Nursery of Rockland; and many members of the community. Help also came from University of Maine Cooperative Extension Office of Knox and Lincoln Counties in Waldoboro.

Lowe employees stepped in for a two-day work party and, together with students and middle school staff, completed the garden build.

They added four new raised garden beds (for a total of six), fenced the area, and laid down mulch over all the paths.

At the end of the day, students were able to plant winter squash, pumpkins, Brussels sprouts, cauliflower, broccoli, ground cherries, tomatoes, peppers and other vegetables. Produce from the garden will be used by students in the health class nutrition unit and in the after-school garden club.

Anyone interested in volunteering with or contributing to the Medomak Middle School Garden Project can contact FoodCorps Service Member Alexis Zimba-Kirby at alexis.zimba-kirby@foodcorps.org.