Shortly after a school and community garden was planted behind Hastings Middle School last year, then-sixth-grader and science enthusiast Neal Sheppard began to accumulate a vision: an orchard.
Rows of fruit trees, blooming in organized colors.
Branches providing a wind break for the rest of the garden.
Batches of apples, plums, cherries and pears to be shared with students and community members.
"Mr. Stoddard was getting things going with the garden and I said, 'Do you have any trees? Well, let's get some!' " Sheppard said.
Part of Sheppard's vision came to life Friday evening at the garden as parents, staff members and students planted four new fruit trees — two cherry trees and two plum trees. The garden is already partially bordered by several blue spruce trees, two apple trees and a pear tree.