MS students deliver School-grown produce to food pantry
Posted September 14, 2012
Just as school was beginning, Middle School students prepared fresh vegetables and herbs grown in the School garden for delivery to the Crisis Ministry food pantry in Trenton. According to Middle School science teacher (and chief garden guru) Andrew Lloyd, the students first washed the food, then took an artistic photograph before bagging the produce.
The School garden was established just last year, and student response has been enthusiastic. After the early harvests in late spring, Lloyd made a summer delivery to the pantry when students were away. The recent delivery consisted of swiss chard, tomatoes, zucchini, green beans, basil, thyme, and rosemary. "It wasn't a huge harvest," Lloyd says, "but they appreciate any and all fresh vegetables to encourage healthy eating."
The students met some of the Crisis Ministry staff, as well. Lloyd added that discussion with the staff about their operation has helped the group make plans to redesign the garden layout and planting schedule to increase the amount of produce the students can take to the pantry.