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Local Boy Scouts laid the groundwork for a community garden in front of Payson Elementary School, inspired by one boy’s Eagle Scout project. PES science teacher Jodi Lorenz kicked in, knowing that gardens can help fuel students’ “sense of wonder.”

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Boy Scouts and adult helpers scurried in front of Payson Elementary School Saturday morning, building square foot garden frames before the sun gained too much ferocity.


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