Granville High School students unveiled the fruits of their labors last week when they opened the Granville High Garden Market on June 24.

Granville High School students unveiled the fruits of their labors last week when they opened the Granville High Garden Market on June 24.

"In Granville, there is a great appreciation of locally grown produce," Granville High School principal Scott Emery said.

The garden has been in the planning stages for six years, said high school science teacher Jim Reding, who founded the program after a student's suggestion.

"We were discussing global issues, like feeding the world and the merits of sustainable agriculture, and a student asked, 'Why aren't we doing this?'" Reding said.

After that, he thought about ways the students could do something to promote sustainable agriculture, and the proverbial seed was sown.

The students started by planting raised beds near the tennis courts, behind the middle and high schools. They now have an acre planted.

Reding said 100 students participate in the garden throughout the school year. This summer, nine are working the garden -- freshmen through seniors.

Throughout the school year, the garden provides an outdoor teaching lab, where the students learn about practical gardening and study the balance of the eco system.

"Our goal is to get food out to people in the school community and in the cafeteria," Reding said.

Students have begun harvesting the vegetables for sale at the market, which is held from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. Mondays through Thursdays behind Granville High School, near the tennis courts. The school is at 248 New Burg St.

"Fortunately, the students get firsthand experience not only growing it but also sharing it with the adults in the community," Emery said.

The market opened last week with fresh lettuce, radishes, beets and Swiss chard for sale. Gardeners expect to have zucchini and yellow summer squash ready this week, with green beans and sugar snap peas available after July 4.