Gonna make this garden grow (part two)

Posted Wednesday, June 13, 2012 in Sustainable Maine

Gonna make this garden grow (part two)

These students developed the name, slogan, and logo for the new school garden at Harriet Beecher Stowe School in Brunswick.

BRUNSWICK — Students, teachers, parents and members of the community have come together to create school gardens at the Harriet Beecher Stowe Elementary School in Brunswick. Coordinated by parent Sarah Wolpow, the garden project has been under way for a few months and several milestones have been achieved.

Installed with volunteer power and donated materials, the gardens are growing strong. Students took part in a contest to name the garden and the winner is “Harriet’s Haven — The Place Where Kids Sprout.”  Initially, greens were planted for an early harvest. Now there are plans to plant heirloom tomatoes, potatoes, carrots, wheat, oats, corn, squash, pumpkins, morning glory, scarlet runners, and sunflowers before the end of the school year. Families have volunteered to tend the gardens during the summer, coordinated by Master Gardener Debbie Atwood.

On May 30, a few second-, third-, fourth- and fifth-graders arrived at the HBS garden to harvest their well-tended crops. Each class picked the greens that they had planted, composted the roots, and washed and spun the greens, preparing them for tasting during lunch the same day. Despite soil-covered fingers, many students took the opportunity to sample their produce right in the garden. As each grade entered the cafeteria for lunch that day, they were invited to sample the mixed greens: red and green leaf lettuce, rainbow chard, bok choy, tatsoi, and kale. With enthusiastic comments of "Yum!," students raised their hands for seconds, thirds and fourths of samples to taste. “I know my own child ate more salad that day for lunch than he would have tried at home," said one parent.

Said a teacher, "It was a wonderful experience for the class and many mentioned how this was the first time they’ve ever planted and harvested anything. It was an amazing learning opportunity. It is very hopeful to see something so sustainable and community-minded starting to take root at HBS."

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