A garden grows at Miami Northwestern High

  • Bags of mint and other seedlings await transport to Holmes Elementary School. The bags were assembled by volunteers at the launch of The Education Effect's Plant It Forward program at Miami Northwestern Senior High on Thursday, Oct. 17, 2013. MARSHA HALPER / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • Miami-Dade County Schools Superintendent Alberto Carvalho joins the students at the launch of The Education Effect's Plant It Forward program at Miami Northwestern Senior High on Thursday, Oct. 17, 2013. MARSHA HALPER / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • Miami Northwestern Principal Wallace Aristide, left, and Florida International University President Dr. Mark B. Rosenberg share a congratulatory laugh at the launch of The Education Effect's Plant It Forward program at Miami Northwestern Senior High on Thursday, Oct. 17, 2013. MARSHA HALPER / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • Volunteers with Chase assemble bags with seedlings at the launch of The Education Effect's Plant It Forward program at Miami Northwestern Senior High on Thursday, Oct. 17, 2013. MARSHA HALPER / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • Seedlings abound at the launch of The Education Effect's Plant It Forward program at Miami Northwestern Senior High on Thursday, Oct. 17, 2013. The seedlings were planted in dirt-filled bags to be given to the nearby Holmes Elementary School for students to plant there. MARSHA HALPER / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • Northwestern senior Marcus Postell, right, surveys his and fellow students' vegetable and flower gardens with Northwestern alumna Sharella Everett of North Miami (Class of 1974), center, and Steve Sauls, a vice president at Florida International University. MARSHA HALPER / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • A "Powerful Voices" panel discusses the new program and its role in the community. From left: Ingrid Hoffman, host of Simply Delicioso and Delicioso; Miami Northwestern senior Brandon Allen; Adrianne Calvo, owner of Chef Adrianne's Vineyard Restaurant &; Wine Bar; and Jose Andres, chef and founder of the World Central Kitchen. MARSHA HALPER / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • Miami Northwestern seniors Frank Wooden, left, and Antoinenesha Gedeon, right, talk about their gardening achievements with Tracy Magellam, center, outreach manager of Montgomery Botanical Center; and Ed Boland, right, of JP Morgan Chase. MARSHA HALPER / MIAMI HERALD STAFF