Things are Hatching in Tunbridge!

 

The TunReading to Chicks 4-16bridge Central School first and second grade classrooms have been busy hatching eggs. They hatched chickens the last week in March, and ducklings the first week in April. Students candled the eggs to monitor progress and growth until hatching. They also discussed the variety of chick colors and sizes once they hatched, as well as how quickly they grow. Many students, even some who are typically hesitant to read, took turns reading to the chicks. In addition to hatching chicks inside, both grades also took advantage of the warm weather outside by tilling their garden to prepare for planting. They plan to start lettuce, tomato and spinach plants in their classrooms by mid-April. – Jen Thygesen, Farm to School Coordinator, Tunbridge Elementary School, Tunbridge, VT

Taste of Tunbridge a Huge Success!

The third annual Taste of Tunbridge community dinner was a huge success. We had a fantastic crowd of more than 100 people in attendance, plus a successful take-a-chance table and Thanksgiving turkey raffle to help raise funds for our Farm to School program. This potluck dinner had one requirement, each dish shared must include at least one local ingredient. Each TCS grade and TA had a hand in preparing part of the meal, and created delicious dishes such as applesauce, carrot soup, Swedish apple bake, kale chips, baked wheat crackers, homemade rolls, baked beans, macaroni and cheese, and more. We hope to replicate the event next harvest season! – Jen Thygesen, Farm to School Coordinator, Tunbridge Central School, Tunbridge, VT

It’s Fair Time in Tunbridge!

A highlight for TCS students in September is, of course, visiting the Tunbridge World’s Fair. On Thursday, Sept 17, the entire school enjoyed a field trip to the fair to visit the animal barns, check out the vegetable entries and largest pumpkins, plus have a hands-on history lesson on Antique Hill. TCS grades 5 & 6 are also participating in “Community Week” from Sept. 28 – Oct. 2. Each day they venture out into the community for various trips and projects, including a field trip to two local farms. At Tunbridge Hill Farm they will help harvest fall vegetables, and at Seize the Day Farm they will learn about dairy farming. As a culmination project at the end of their week, with the help of many local community volunteers, they will be constructing raised beds in one of the school gardens. The entire school is also beginning to prepare for the third annual Taste of Tunbridge community dinner on Friday, October 9th. – Jen Thygeson, Farm to School Coordinator, Tunbridge Elementary School, Tunbridge, VT

Garden Day Brings Tunbridge Together – (UVFTS Mini-Grant Showcase Project)

The Tunbridge Central School held their second annual “Garden Day” on Thursday, May 28. Students and teachers celebrated and enjoyed TCS’s Farm to School program by getting their hands dirty and working together in the school gardens all afternoon. We appreciate support from Upper Valley Farm to School mini-grant program for funding a variety of garden supplies such as tools, plants, and mulch for this special event. To kick off Garden Day, students enjoyed a delicious lunch of local foods including pulled pork sandwiches and sloppy joes with local meats from Back Beyond Farm and Howvale Farm, caprese salad and salsa (made by grades 6 & 7) with tomatoes from Long Wind Farm, potato salad with potatoes from Chapelle’s Vermont Potatoes, yogurt from Stonyfield Organic, and a salad of mesclun greens from Tunbridge Hill Farm. After lunch, all students from grades K to 8 were divided into teams where they weeded, spread compost and planted in the gardens, made scarecrows, went for a hike, did trail work, pruned and mulched bushes and plants, and cleaned up tree limbs that blew over in the previous day’s storm. Teams of student photographers also recorded the day’s work with cameras in hand. A quick passing rainstorm sent everyone inside a little early, but many students were back out planting and pruning as soon as possible after the storm passed. Finally, each student potted and took home their own marigold, and all enjoyed popsicles at the end of the day. Thank you to all the teachers and volunteers who invested so much time and enthusiasm into creating a successful Garden Day for TCS students. There’s still a lot of work to do, but what a rewarding start to the gardening season! – Jen Thygesen, Farm to School Coordinator, Tunridge Elementary School, Tunbridge, VT