Farm to School at Flood Brook Seeks Community Support

Farm to School at Flood Brook Seeks Community Support

Farm to School at Flood Brook Seeks Community Support

Students are shown planting in the garden at Flood Brook School. The  harvest will be used to prepare fresh meals during the next school year.

Students are shown planting in the garden at Flood Brook School. The harvest will be used to prepare fresh meals during the next school year.

The Farm to School committee at Flood Brook School (FBS) in Londonderry has been working to develop a sustainable Farm to School Program. Last year the school garden was a perfect place for experimenting, implementing and having fun with the new initiatives on campus. For example, students, teachers, volunteers and parents enjoyed planting, weeding and harvesting potatoes, dry beans and sweet basil. All three of these crops can be stored easily for the kitchen to use in the preparation of fresh, local meals for the school year and beyond. Over the winter, the Farm to School committee, comprised of teachers, school administration, parents and local farmers, was chosen by the Vermont Agency of Agriculture as one of nine Vermont Farm to School planning grantees. This spring, FBS was one of ten school teams from New England to participate in the Farm to School Summer Institute. The Flood Brook team will spend June 28-30 together at Shelburne Farms to further develop initiatives and curriculum for the 2016-2017 school year. In addition to their cultural ‘Three Sisters’ garden activity, current practices at Flood Brook include recognition of Vermont Harvest of the Month and student participation across grade levels in the FBS Ladder of Environmental Responsibility which involves students and teachers in ongoing tasks that care for the school environment and gardens.

For the coming school year, the Farm to School committee plans to increase programming to include regular Harvest of the Month taste tests, participation in the Northeast Organic Farming Association’s farmer correspondence program, and increased student participation in crop production and soil health in the school gardens. Community member participation is critical. Please volunteer an hour or two this summer in these beautiful gardens! By tending to them in July and August a more bountiful harvest can be expected when the students return at the end of summer.  For information about this program and/or to volunteer, contact Laura Brown at lbrown@floodbrook.org.

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