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Planting, Growing, Sharing our Harvest at Rogers

Kathy Beezley,   Rogers Middle School
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Planting, Growing, Sharing our Harvest at Rogers
Each year for the last five years, we have planted a garden at Rogers Middle School. This year as well as last year, we were fortunate and were tremendously successful in our efforts. Not only were we able to share our food with students here at school, we were also able to share hundreds of pounds of food with our local food pantry over the summer. During the summer school program we were able to use our carrots, lettuce, tomatoes and peppers on our garden salad bar.  Extra vegetables were not wasted, as we took them to our local food pantry to share with our community. After talking with our food service director this fall, we were able to sample a new RMS garden vegetable each week. Mr. Leon prepared potatoes, squash, zucchini, beet chips, salsa, carrot coins and sweet potatoes for the whole school! I really can’t believe we ran out of beet chips.  The kids loved them! We were also able to send some vegetables over to our Early Childhood Center for them to sample as well. They loved the butternut squash! We are very fortunate that the FUTP 60 garden group as well as science classes, volunteers and student helpers donate their time to help FUEL UP our community.

How did students and adults work together as a team?

Students and adults worked together to choose plants, plant them, water, care for and harvest the vegetables, then cleaning and preparing them for the kitchen staff.

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

We plan to continue our garden, perhaps even having our FUTP 60 students visit the younger kids at Early Childhood and help cook for them. We also asked our Nutrition Director to help us with an after-school cooking club where we are able to teach our students to prepare and cook our vegetables.