SLW Centennial HS Culinary Arts and Keiser University Community Garden Groundbreaking

Saint Lucie West Centennial High School Culinary Arts Department teamed up with the Nutrition and Dietetics Department from Keiser University on Tuesday September 30th for the groundbreaking of a community garden. Both schools are excited about this new partnership, which will be beneficial for each institution. Centennial culinary students will gain invaluable insight regarding nutrition and food growth from the mentorship of Keiser University; Students will also benefit by having fresh, cost free lab supplies to be utilized in the Centennial kitchens. The instructor from Keiser is Dr. Lisa Griffith, and Chef Jesse Strell leads the Centennial Eagle culinary students. Administration from Centennial, including Principal Andrea Popwell, Assistant Principal Dr. Chadwick Bacon, and CTE Director for Saint Lucie County Schools, Kathy Schmidt, are all strong supporters for this collaboration between local educational institutions. Initial donations for the garden were provided by Home Depot and Lowes in Saint Lucie West, as well as Target Stores. Additional monetary donations or garden supplies may be contributed for continued growth of the community garden by contacting Chef Jesse Strell at 772-344-4411 or by email at