New Farm Field to grow veggies for school lunches

SW Elementary School farm field tilling2_0472   cedar grove compost delivery2_1899

The new farm field behind the South Whidbey Academy and next to the SW Elementary School was tilled in October and the students spread cover crop seeds. Now it’s time to till the rye and legumes in.

The organic matter in the soil is low, so we are spreading certified organic Cedar Grove Compost on the field to start the process of increasing fertility. We’ve taken soil tests on this old ball field and the students will be doing physical soil assessments and following the improvement of the field over the years with the addition of organic compost, soil amendments and cover crops.

Stay tuned for some delicious veggies for the new Fresh Food for Lunch program! We’re on track to plant our first starts in March.

We are working to be the first school in the nation to be providing school garden produce on a weekly basis to a Chartwells school cafeteria, as part of their School Garden Program. Strict food and garden safety guidelines have been implemented, and the students are eager to be eating the produce they are helping to safely grow!

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