The Thetford Elementary School gardens are simply stunning this year. The apple and pear trees, the fall raspberries, and the cranberries are loaded with fruit. The raised Theme Garden beds are bursting with colors and textures and the School Lunch beds are providing a steady supplement of fresh produce for the cafeteria. This year we are really excited about our healthiest ever sweet potato crop. We hope their yield is as bountiful as their lush vines are! – Cat Buxton, Garden Manager, Thetford Elementary School, Thetford, VT
This week Newton Elementary School in Strafford will begin harvesting their awesome Pizza Garden. The Grade 3-5 students will clip off the wheat seed heads this week and will finish drying the grain in the classroom in brown paper bags. Later this month the students will thresh, winnow, and grind the wheat and make it into pizza dough. The tomatoes, onions, garlic, and fresh herbs from their garden will combine into a tasty pizza sauce. We’re excited to have our own school-grown and student crafted pizza to celebrate an amazing harvest season! – Cat Buxton, Garden Manager, Newton Elementary, Strafford, VT
Unity Elementary’s salad bar features tomatoes and cucumbers from our small but growing garden! We are looking forward to starting some food-based lessons in our classrooms this fall and will apply for the King Arthur Flour’s Bake for Good program. Our 8th graders baked goodies for a summer farmers market held at the school to raise money for their class trip in May. We’re off to a great start! – Jennifer Thompson, Teacher, Unity Elementary School, Unity, NH
We are back in session and our gardens are in full bloom! During our First Day celebration students harvested veggies. Some of these veggies ended up on the salad bar that day! We are also busy processing our produce for later use in the cafeteria. Today we were treated to a Caprese salad. The tomatoes and basil were picked right outside our classrooms! – Keenan Haley, Teacher, Sharon Elementary School, Sharon, VT
Upper Valley Farm to School will host a Vermont Community Garden Network Grow it! workshop in White River Junction. Join community and school garden leaders from around your region for this unique training series. Learn strategies to boost your garden programs, share stories and ideas, and celebrate this growing movement! Presented by Vermont Community Garden Network in partnership with regional garden expert Charlie Nardozzi. Please visit vcgn.org to register.