The third annual Harvest Feast for SWES students and their families took place on November 16th in the school cafeteria. The collaboration between the School Farm and the cafeteria featured garden fresh vegetables grown, harvested, prepared and served by the students. It was easy to see their pride and their knowledge as they served the food to parents and guests who attended the event and shared in the bounty. The farm served kale salad, oven roasted squash, pumpkin pie, and mashed potatoes while the cafeteria prepared the turkey, dressing, gravy, oven rolls and cooked the frozen school farm green beans. A feast indeed!
Preparations began weeks ahead of time under the steady direction of our Culinary Arts coordinator, Nicole Whittington-Johnson. The students and the culinary team in collaboration with WIN and volunteers began to prepare the vegetables. Pumpkin was cut, cleaned and roasted by the fifth and sixth grade students. A puree was prepared and the delicious pumpkin pies followed.
The Makah Ozette mashed potatoes were planted and harvested by the grade three students. Due to storm and electricity outage, the students were not able to come to the WIN kitchen to wash and prepare potatoes. That stage of the job was left to the WIN volunteers and the farm/culinary team. However, the students did enjoy sampling the finished product.
A light brushing of olive oil and dusting with spice made our garden squash tasty and delicious. Grade four students who planted and harvested the squash helped prepare a variety of tasty squash for the feast.
Grade five and six students took charge of the decorating and serving on Harvest Feast Day. They managed to sign up and take complete responsibility for their scheduled time and duties in a way that made the day smooth sailing for the whole team.
To name all the people who helped make the harvest feast a success would be nearly impossible as it was truly a community supported event. The sustaining support of the South Whidbey school community, Chartwells, Goosefoot, the Goose Grocer, students, families, farm and teaching teams, plus numerous donors and volunteers are the heart of our program. This event is a demonstration of the community we are building through sustainable growing of delicious healthy food. A huge thank you to all. A special thank you to Jude Bierman for her vision and guidance.