Vita Porobil

Ready to Grow

Ready to Grow

My daughter stands in front of our car loaded with plants that we grew in our basement for the Dormont Elementary School second annual Mothers' Day plant sale. The plant sale raises money to sustain the school vegetable garden, which was established in 2017.

Dormont Elementary

Dormont Elementary

Herbs and ornamental plants sit ready for purchase in front of a bench at Dormont Elementary. Behind the bench are potato plants that the students planted in buckets to harvest for their families.

Planter for Mom

Planter for Mom

Perry Porobil, age 3, shows off his painted hand after he created a personalized planter. Shnnon McGee (back) helps another child create a planter. This planter craft was part of the Dormont Elementary plant sale, a fundraiser to help expand and sustain the Dormont Elementary outdoor classroom, a project led by parents of students who attend the school.

Getting Dirty

Getting Dirty

Shannon McGee helps several children fill planters with dirt and a plant of their choosing. The children then decorated their planters with paint to give as gift to their mothers for Mothers' Day.

Fundraiser Organizers

Fundraiser Organizers

The organizers for the Dormont Elementary Plant Sale stand behind some of the plants they started for the annual school fundraiser to benefit the school's outdoor classroom.

Plant Sale

Plant Sale

Vita Porobil stands in front of some tomatoes that she and her daughter planted for the Dormont Elementary plant sale fundraiser. Most of the plants available at the sale were started by Dormont Elementary parents at their homes.

Thank You

Thank You

A personalized planter sits on the craft table at the Dormont Elementary plant fundraiser. A student made the planter for their teacher.

Hanging Baskets

Hanging Baskets

Hanging baskets donated by PGH Garden in Bethel Park were planted by students for the community garden to purchase at the Dormont Elementary Mothers' Day plant sale. The plant sale raised money for the Dormont Elementary outdoor classroom.

Want some cookies?

Want some cookies?

Dormont Elementary school students sell Girl-Scout cookies at the Dormont Elementary School Mothers' Day plant fundraiser.

Grow Room

Grow Room

Vita's basement grow room in the utility room of her house in Baldwin Township.

Plants for Sale

Plants for Sale

Patrons of the Dormont Elementar plant fundraiser look at the selection available - the plant sale took place at the school.

Radishes

Radishes

Vita's son holds the radishes he harvested.

All images, titles, and captions © Vita Porobil | 2019 | The Female Farmer Photovoice Project

The Female Farmer Photovoice Project

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This project is based upon work supported by the National Institute of Food and Agriculture, U.S. Department of Agriculture,
through the Northeast Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education program under subaward number GNE18-190-32231 
and is made possible with support from the Pennsylvania Women’s Agricultural Network (PA-WAgN).

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