The lazy days of summer break seem far away now, but we would like to extend a huge thank you to our wonderful summer garden volunteers. Each week a Cornerstone family watered and tended our school garden and kept it in great shape for this year's Farm2Fork students. Having a summer garden enables us to highlight summer produce in our classroom over the next few weeks.
Elementary Farm2Fork, taught by Mrs. Anne Baines, is an elective that is currently offered to our first through sixth-grade students. They love to get out in the garden and get their hands dirty. Over the course of this semester, students will learn all about growing vegetables in our school garden. Skills will include soil preparation, planting, mulching, and composting.
Recently our elementary Farm2Fork students were able to taste cantaloupe fresh from the garden, and this month they will prepare recipes in the classroom using tomatoes. Students will also learn about the origins of tomatoes and all about the nutrients they contain.
2nd Grade students look on in amazement at the giant sweet potato that they planted last year!
Students will be prepare some delicious, healthy recipes using what they themselves are growing in the garden. We talk about good healthy choices in our diets and learn about vegetables packed with nutrients.
Right now the days are hot and humid, and it feels wrong to be planting our fall garden. Believe it or not, now is the perfect time to plant your fall vegetable garden, so you can enjoy a bountiful fall harvest. Last week our students dug in and started sowing seeds for root vegetables including carrots, beets, and turnips. In the coming weeks, they will be transplanting seedlings of broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, and more.
As our garden matures, be on the lookout on elementary days, we might have some fresh produce for sale during the afternoon carline!
Feeling inspired to start your own fall garden?
Click here for fall planting resources as Mrs. Baines shares that gardening does not need to be expensive or extensive. In fact, container gardening is a great place to start.