Photo: Picking the last of the harvest and cleaning up the greenhouse and outside bed on Wednesday Oct. 4. Photo submitted
The W.L. McLeod Farm to School harvesting has finished for the 2017 growing season. Over the past three weeks, roughly 70 students from Kindergarten to Grade 4 have been picking, pulling and digging fresh vegetables from the ground and greenhouse, which they planted last spring at the Vanderhoof Community Garden.
Vegetables the students grew this year included potatoes, carrots and tomatoes that are staple foods for the Farm to School hot lunch all year long. Students harvested brussel sprouts, lettuces and kale, swiss chard, squashes, beans, cabbage, cauliflower, onions, peppers, herbs and a few stalks of corn. They also grew a healthy crop of cucumbers that were made into fridge pickles, which are adored by the students during lunch.
The elementary students also helped clean up their growing spaces by storing supplies and moving dead plants to the open gardens space to be cultivated back into the ground in the spring to help build the soil quality for growing again next year. READ MORE