HUNTERSVILLE – A Blythe Elementary first-grade class began the process of growing herbs and vegetables that will make their way from the class garden – and on to the top of a pizza – at the end of the school year.

“You have to dig deep enough for the plants to grow but not too deep,” explained first-grade student Mason McElroy after watering the newly planted garden on Friday, April 8. “If you dig too deep then the water can’t get to the plants.”

Blythe teacher Mary Raymond’s first-grade class is among 10 Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools classrooms selected to participate in “Field to Fork,” a six-month pilot-program sponsored by the school district, Mecklenburg County Fruit and Vegetable Coalition, Fuel Pizza Café and Charlotte Green, that educates district elementary school students about nutrition, gardening and cooking.

In June, the junior farmers will take the harvested tomatoes, peppers and other pizza toppings, which were planted from seedlings cultivated by Turning Point Academy and Midwood Middle School students in a greenhouse at The Morgan School, to Davidson’s Fuel Pizza, where Raymond’s class will cook its own pizza.