High school student teaches preschoolers about sustainability


PALM CITY — A new addition to the Alphabet Farms Preschool campus in Palm City has gotten kids excited about planting and preservation.

Students used recycled milk jugs and other plastic containers to pot mangrove seeds.

Placed inside a screen-house, and kept under the careful watch of kids ages 2-6, the plants will soon be big enough to redeposit into the Indian River Lagoon, providing a home for a multitude of estuary creatures, preventing coastline erosion, and playing a crucial role in the redevelopment and rehabilitation of our local waterways post-algae blooms.

Designed by local Martin County high school student Morgan Bakinowski, 17, the project, or ‘HomeGrown’ is a way to integrate sustainability and preservation awareness into our community’s next generation.

“By educating hands-on and learning about the environment, we can promote a greener tomorrow for Martin County and the world,”  she said. “It’s important that we start stressing the importance of our waterways and the Indian River Lagoon at a young age, that way when these kids grow up it’ll still be around for their kids to enjoy!”


Bakinowski sought out local businesses in helping with donations, using the community as an essential resource.

Pinder’s Nursery in Palm City provided the…