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Druid City Garden Project announces new name

Schoolyard Roots pic An icon in Tuscaloosa education is getting a fresh look. The Druid City Garden Project, an organization providing teaching gardens at schools across Tuscaloosa, is now Schoolyard Roots. 

The group changed its name to better reflect its goal of bringing a teaching garden to every school across the state of Alabama, according to Schoolyard Roots Executive Director Lindsay Turner Trammell.

"We see gardens as being incredible tools to teach hands-on science and math," Trammell tells Alabama Public Radio. "They’re wonderful ways to connect kids to food and nutrition, to provide access to food in communities that may not have access to affordable, fresh, healthy food, and they’re wonderful tools to get kids excited about learning." 

She also attributes the group's name change to an increased demand for its curriculum. After making it available online, the nonprofit now reaches 300 teachers across seven states.

Schoolyard Roots operates in seven Tuscaloosa City Schools including Central Elementary, Oakdale Elementary, Tuscaloosa Magnet School – Elementary, Woodland Forrest Elementary, University Place Elementary, The Alberta School of Performing Arts, and Verner Elementary.