MEMS Students Harvest Potatoes
First graders and Cornerstone students at the Manchester Elementary Middle School harvested 300 pounds of pot-atoes in the school/community garden on Wednesday, September 9. The potatoes were planted by Cornerstone students in the spring and tended all summer by the Tutorial Center’s Youth Agricultural Program.
The students were excited to get their hands dirty and discover just how potatoes grow. Several varieties of potatoes were harvested. One first grader said “It was really fun digging up the potatoes and finding all the different shapes, sizes and colors.” A Cornerstone student said he would like to have a garden someday because “It is important to grow your own food and a garden would provide healthy food with some left over to sell.”
The bounty was enjoyed in the cafeteria as garlic roasted potatoes and mashed potatoes in shepherd’s pie, prepared by Mary Keyes and her kitchen staff. Mr. Schatz’s and Miss Sherman’s first grade students also enjoyed a baked potato with all the fixings. For information about Farm to School, contact Barbara Smith, FTS coordinator or Carol Baringer, School Nurse and FTS team member.