A grassy area at Akron's North high school was plowed the old-fashioned way — with horses — Monday afternoon for a new teaching garden.
The garden will be used this fall by students in science and other classes. Spearheading the project is ninth-grade science teacher Dana Starvaggi.
North high school has a large population of students from areas of Southeast Asia where horses are still used regularly to plow fields.
Starvaggi received a grant from the GAR Foundation of Akron for the garden project.
Tom Crain brought some students from his farm-to-school summer program at nearby Jennings middle school to see horses in action. Crain is co-founder of Shanti Community Farms Inc., a nonprofit that will manage the garden. Shanti works with area immigrants on various agricultural-related projects.
Starvaggi said students will help plant cool weather crops — such as spinach and radishes — in the garden when the new school year begins.