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Student Farmers

Mark Alfrey,   Nashua Elementary School
Farm to School — Know Your Foods
Access to Healthy Foods, Student Leadership,  Teamwork
Student Farmers
My FUTP 60 team didn’t quite understand the challenges that farmers face every year. The team understood basic fundamentals of growing a plant; water, sun and soil. However, they didn’t know about how soil conditions had to be just right for a farmer to produce a harvest. We discovered that too much water could affect their harvest, as well as not enough water. One of our student members suggested the students try to grow a vegetable in our schools’ courtyard. Students on the team decided to partner up with another student who was also on the Fuel Up to Play 60 team, and research which vegetable would best grow in the conditions presented in our courtyard. They decided they would need to come in before school to attend to their vegetables. The pair of students had to decide when the best time and date to start their “farms.” I’m excited to have students start their “farms” next month!

What challenges did you face and how did you overcome them?

The main challenge my team faced was that the courtyard they wanted to grow their vegetables had always been used to grow flowers for the building. Students had to present their idea to school administrators to allow them to grow vegetables instead of flowers. Another challenge was that the courtyard is kept locked at all times. Students worked with the custodial staff and created a check out log so students could gain access to the key.