Students at Van Cortlandtville Elementary School, who had planted crops last spring, harvested their crops in the Edible Educational Garden last week.
This is the second year the garden, which was created through a combination of school and community groups working together, has produced vegetables. The students grew a variety of crops including onions, peppers, carrots, beans, potatoes, and tomatoes. They also planted sunflowers and a variety of other flowers and herbs. The flowers were cut and used to provide colorful vases for the school nurse, secretaries and administrators. PTA volunteers were on hand to assist in the harvest.
The fruits of their labor were then used for soup during lunch on Friday with the assistance of the cafeteria staff and parent volunteers.
The purpose of the Edible Educational Garden and Outdoor Learning Center is to encourage outdoor learning, healthy eating, and educate the children about the environment.