The Neshoba County Soil and Water Conservation District celebrated the beginning of the spring growing season with three local schools' fourth grade students on March 22, 27 and 28.

Jeff Wilson, with the Mississippi Soil and Water Conservation Commission Office in Jackson, spoke with over 445 fourth grade students from Philadelphia Elementary, Neshoba Central Elementary, and Union Elementary about container gardens and the importance of growing your own food.

Each container garden holds 3 to 4 containers so that each science classes will have a container.

There will be a competition between the classes on which has the best plants.

They will be planting yellow crook-neck squash and will be experimenting with and without different fertilizer types.

The gardens were built by the Neshoba County Future Farmers of America with modifications made by the Natural Resource Conservation Service to allow the recycling of water.

The Neshoba County SWCD would like to thank Mississippi Association of Conservation Districts, MSWCC, FFA and NRCS.

They would also like to thank Philadelphia Elementary, Neshoba Central Elementary, and Union Elementary for their participation in this program.