The Garden at Oswegatchie School is a sustainable organic garden where children get a hands on experience learning where their food comes from while developing an appreciation and respect for nature. The Garden will be a learning center to teach gardening as well as incorporating art, music, literature, math and science. It is a place where children are encouraged to join in and participate in the process of creating, developing and maintaining the garden!

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Garden to Cafeteria 10/8/13

Dianne Houlihan accepting our produce donation

Well, after much anticipation our goal of growing food for the school cafeteria has come to fruition! This morning a handful of dedicated garden club members met us bright and early in the garden to harvest radishes and fresh greens to be served in the cafeteria. The taste tests in the field had mixed reviews. The children tasted the mesclun mix and curly leaf lettuces. "Mmmm, this" or " I don't like it, but I don't like any salad anyway." were my two favorite responses. Children need repeated exposure to new foods before developing a taste for it, especially if it's (gasp) healthy!

The children proudly donating wares from the garden
"That one's bigger than your thumb!"

Collecting the radishes

Snipping the curly leaf lettuce

Harvesting the mesclun mix
Weighing the greens

weighing the radishes
So today's harvest yield was 2 1/2 pounds of radishes and a little over 2 pounds of greens. We will start a new tally separate from the summer's harvest. We anticipate harvesting well into the winter with beets and kale still to come as well as continued harvests of lettuce.

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