SAGE is open to anyone in the area over age 16. Preference will be given to West Side residents, she said.
Food in West Virginia is a $6-billion-a-year industry, Crane said. The state is only producing $6 million of that, she said.
"There's an endless market for local [food]," she said. "What we're doing here is growing -- pun intended -- local growers."
Students from the Davis & Elkins class met earlier with representatives from the various markets for local foods to determine which foods were most needed.
The garden area itself features a 10-feet by 10-feet outdoor classroom area and 100 square feet of pollinated beds. Butterfly, bird and bat houses will soon be added to the space, said Mark Lanham, a Davis & Elkins student and the project foreman.
"In a sense, this yard is becoming its own ecosystem," Lanham said.
Lanham, a 50-year-old former Marine and self-described unconventional student, said seeing the students work on the project in and outside the classroom gave him a better opinion of the younger generation.
"I was so impressed and proud of these students," he said. "They were great."
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