MVRHS’s garden-based programming has been long-anticipated. For the past two years, island chefs have partnered with Culinary Arts students to prepare delicious dinners using produce from the school garden and local farms in order to raise funds for garden-based initiatives. Through these fundraisers, the high school was able to install its long awaited garden in 2011, and has since raised money to plant fruit trees, berry bushes, a strawberry patch, and more. The cafeteria staff makes good use of all the produce form the garden, and offers monthly Harvest of the Month taste tests. The salad bar includes local greens in the winter and spring, while school meals regularly integrate local produce. Over the summer, students remained engaged in garden-based education. Farm Project service members from MVRHS help care for all seven of our public school gardens and do service work on island farms while learning about issues of food justice in our community.