Corner Garden News by Becky Pelton
The Carrot Rap
Eat them in a bunch ‘em
Carrots pulled up from the ground,
Will make you healthy all around.
Vitamin A will feed your skin,
Sharper eyes are another win.
Delicious flavor, raw or cooked,
Carrots – an idea as bright as they look!
The Carrot Tasting Contest results are in. All the carrots sampled this year were grown in Long Lake. All three varieties sampled came from Johnny’s Seeds, a company located in Maine. Thank Chris Thompson, when you see him, for donating dozens of carrots for us to munch. The results of the contest show that Chris knows his carrots. He predicted that one of his two carrot varieties would win. He was right. His sweet-tasting Nelson Carrot won the contest with 15 votes. His Hercules Carrot came in second place with 10 votes. Our carrot, a Bolero, came in last place with just 6 votes. Other data collected as part of the contest revealed the following:
· The majority of Long Lake Central School students like carrots.
· Most students like their carrots raw rather than cooked.
· Two of our youngest students who usually do not eat carrots tried the carrots and reported one variety was “good” or that they “like it”
Adjectives used to describe the taste of the carrots include:
Crunchy, sweet, really juicy, yummy, tangy, delicious, awesome, crispy, doesn’t taste like the carrots I usually eat, really watery, kind of hard to crunch
This is a list of items we need for the garden.
Companion planting probably began when early gardeners noticed that some plants seemed to grow best when planted next to certain other plants. There is some science to back up this lore, but many still consider companion planting to be mostly unproven. Of course, gardeners can always try it to see if it works!
1. Children will begin to understand where their food comes from and be a part of the physical process of growing and harvesting food.
2. Children will gain a sense of the life cycle of plants and insects and the interconnectedness of all organisms.
3. Spending time in the garden will allow children to develop a strong connection to the natural world, and a future interest in protecting it.
Food should be healthy. Affordable. And produced with care for the environment; the women and men who grow, harvest, and serve it; and farm animals. But too often, our food system puts those
ideals out of reach. Our diets often cause more harm than good for ourselves and our environment, and many people donít have the
money to eat a healthy diet. Thatís where Food Day comes in. Food Day is a nationwide celebration on October 24th and a movement toward healthy, affordable, and sustainable food. Food Day is a grassroots campaign to help solve food-related problems in our homes, on our farms, in our schools, and in our communities. Together we can build better food policies and a stronger, more united food movement. Join the movement thatís changing the way America eats ó visit FoodDay.org!
Garden Committee minutes from 5/21/11
May 2011 LLCS newsletter entry