June 23, 2014

What’s Fresh in our School Gardens?

As the weather quickly warms and the school year comes to a close, students are scrambling to get growing in the garden, and their efforts are fruitful! All month long, students have been enjoying taste tests and festivals celebrating June’s Harvest of the Month: Strawberries. This week, Oak Bluffs students had a garden celebration and strawberry party, with plenty of strawberry treats and produce from the garden. Tisbury School students celebrated Wellness Day. They harvested pea shoots and herbs of all kind from their school garden, and worked with cafeteria staff and volunteers to prepare a wholesome meal for the entire school, which included Farm Institute beef, Morning Glory sausage, Mermaid Farm feta, and Thimble Farm greens. Menu for the Chilmark Community Lunch, prepared by Chilmark School students with greens from the school garden Last Monday, Chilmark School students harvested lettuce from their school garden and prepared delicious salads to share at the Chilmark Community Lunch. Edgartown School 7th graders put their math skills to the test outside of the classroom! They worked together to find the center of their round “pizza garden”, and equally divided it into slices. This week, they’ll come back outside to plant loads of veggies! Edgartown 7th graders bring their math skills outside as they try to build a perfectly round Grace Preschoolers worked in their newly expanded garden, planting potatoes, tomatoes, peppers, and lettuce. They plan to donate the produce they grow to a number of community organizations. Students at First Light Preschool visited Thimble Farm to plant a three sisters garden. First Light Preschoolers dig for worms to learn about soil A group of Charter School students are using their project period to explore what it means to “live local” on the island. They have been traveling around by bike to visit and learn about various aspects of the local food system, from a visit to Martha's Vineyard Shellfish Group to learn about wholesale fisheries, to a lesson in butchering from Chef Chris Fisher at The Beach Plum. Stayed tuned for more news from our school gardens!