Update on the The Great Greenhouse Pumpkin Adventure: On September 14th, HES third graders returned to the Hazen Greenhouse to harvest the pumpkins they had planted as second graders in the spring. Not only were they gleeful to discover the big, beautiful fruits of their labor, they also discovered evidence of squirrel, groundhog, and bear friends who had clearly been equally gleeful to find the delicious bounty. Despite unexpected donations to the wild animal community, there were still plenty of pumpkins to meet our human needs, and the harvest of over 70 pumpkins was distributed to both Hazen and HES cafeterias as well as to the Hardwick Trails for the annual community Pumpkin Walk.
I want to take a moment to acknowledge the fantastic and multi-faceted collaboration that was at play throughout this pumpkin adventure:
- Hazen Green Team – ninth graders catalyzed project to revitalize the greenhouse
- Service Week workers- Hazen student teams cleaned and prepped beds
- HES teachers and students – started pumpkin seeds in their classrooms, fall harvest
- Hazen engineering students – built irrigation system for greenhouse
- Hazen Teachers – greenhouse systems support, coordination of student involvement
- Summer Services Greenhouse Learning Camp – greenhouse summer care
- Summer Employment Opportunities Program – greenhouse summer care
- Community gardeners – greenhouse summer care
- CAE – project coordination
- High Mowing Organic Seeds – seed donation
- Hardwick Trails Committee – use pumpkins for Pumpkin Walk
- Hazen Kitchen – prepare pumpkins for community meal
- HES Kitchen – prepare pumpkins for community meal
- Bears, woodchucks, cucumber beetles, and powdery mildew – keeping it real
Near the Wolcott School Garden last week was spied this evidence of teachers putting their Farm to School professional development work into action! This “Brown Bag Botany” activity combines a relay race with an exploration of the six plant parts and their functions. You can also see the new raspberry patch planted by students in the background 🙂
For many years, HES students have been going to Laggis Farm to pick corn for the school cafeteria. Last year, they picked enough corn to last for two years of school meals (!!!) so this year a new corn partnership was formed with the Hardwick Area Food Pantry. In the pictures below, fourth grade students are processing corn with Food Pantry Director, Laura Wilkinson, who was pleased to have another fresh, local product to offer her clients. Yum!
The PLACE Program, a project of UVM and Shelburne Farms has come to Greensboro Bend! This program is described as, “Working directly with local schools, town commissions, historical societies, and conservation organizations, PLACE staff members develop an integrated series of presentations, field trips, workshops, and visioning forums designed to celebrate and honor a town’s cultural heritage and ecological potential.” Graduate student Lauren Sopher, sponsored by the Greensboro Conservation Commission, has been the on-the-ground PLACE researcher in Greensboro this past year. Recently, as one component of her project, Lauren has engaged with Lakeview School, CAE, WonderArts, and the Bend Revitalization Initiative to explore ways to bring youth voice to community initiatives. She is also developing community-based curriculum in collaboration with Lakeview school, one example being a workshop that weaves the concepts of forest ecology together with food systems by exploring the relationship between Jasper Hill and the local sawmill that produces the bark wrappers for some of their cheeses.