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"Lettuce" Us Show You How to Eat Healthy

By
Terri Pitts,   Colonial Hills Elementary School
Play:
Farm to School — Know Your Foods
Topics:
Access to Healthy Foods
"Lettuce" Us Show You How to Eat Healthy
With the weather turning to cooler temperatures, Colonial Hills has decided to grow vegetables inside using a tower garden. This is an aeroponic system. Since most of our students live in apartments, we decided to show them different methods of growing vertically. Our first crop was lettuce. We planted and harvested it and delivered it to the cafeteria to be served on sandwiches in the cafeteria.

What improvements have you seen at your school?

Since we have established our 22 bed garden 6 years ago, and are now going vertically, we have noticed more students are eating vegetables and fruits. The students love eating what they have grown. They also know where the produce comes from.

How do you plan to make this Play last during the school year and beyond?

The garden has already been sustained for 6 years and we plan on it being sustained for many more years. We have many stakeholders including staff, parents, students and community partners. With each passing year, the garden grows and so does the community.

How did students and adults work together as a team?

The students and adults had a common goal. The goal was to work together and form a school community garden. We have a garden committee with many reps including teachers, students and community partners. Decisions are made by everybody having a voice and being heard. Compromises are made. Great team!