Summer work for fall harvest at the School Farm

We’ve been working hard this summer so that the farm will be bursting with veggies for the children when they return to school. We need to grow enough not only deliver to the school cafeterias, but also for garden nibbles for the students to pick fresh during their classes. There are over 1000 student visits/month with grades K-6!  Plus we are delivering to the culinary classes, and donating to Whidbey Island Nourishes. This summer we also grew in two new gardens – the High School Garden and the Snack Garden at the Elementary School, as well as continued growing in the Langley Middle School Garden.

When the students return they will be eating tomatoes, cucumbers, lettuce, kale, spinach, carrots, bok choi, beans, turnips, cabbage, broccoli, peppers, basil, zucchini, winter squash, potatoes, ground cherries, popcorn, field pea shoots and beets.

Planting… After school gets out and the spring crops are done, we flip the garden beds to fall crops. Thanks to a generous donation from Johnny’s Seeds we now have a Jang seeder which helped the planting go faster!

Harvesting…

and eating!

 

Work parties…

Our ace youth gardeners from the weekly Tuesday morning work party cleared out this bed in seven minutes!

Families from Calvary Church came to the farm twice over the summer to help. First to pull out the salad bar garden, and then to pull out peas and kale.

And students in Michael Ferber’s International Development and Sustainability class at Au Sable weeded the Second Grade native fence line as well as many other beds.

Last but not least, we watched the scarlet runner bean teepee grow, and grow, and grow…

The garden is ready for school to begin and the children to start learning and eating. Much appreciation to all who helped this summer!

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