Gettin’ Buggy at Morton

This summer, students at Morton Middle School will enjoy fresh lettuce, brocoli, kale, carrots and loads of other delicious veggies, thanks to The Big Garden. The Omaha nonprofit began the project by building raised beds at the school so students could grow vegetables. Once the beds were built and planted, WhyArts artist Kim Darling – equipped with her jigsaw and some plywood – then worked with them to create giant bugs and other creatures that now keep watch over the gardens and help them grow.

Site Director Stephanie Henderson said the students weed twice a week and expect to make a lot of soup this fall. For more information about WhyArts after school programming, contact Kim Jubenville at

This project was made possible by a WhyArts/Collective For Youth partnership.