Corner Garden News by Becky Pelton
In February, Mrs. Pelton, our speech and language pathologist and garden committee co-chair, collaborated with community member Chris Thompson to make a seed order for the Corner Garden through Johnny's Seeds. Cornell Cooperative Extension donated some seeds to our garden this spring as well.
March 14th, Mrs. Pelton took a field trip to Keene Central School to see their garden (covered in snow) and find out how their garden program works. She met with the queen of compost, Bunny Goodwin, and has some fresh ideas for how to make our garden project grow.
Join us April 24th 2014 at 2:45 in Room 309 for our first garden meeting of the season.
Contact Becky at 624-2221 ext 309 for more information.
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
We planted more garlic than ever this fall, about forty cloves. We are pleased to report that the Corner Garden more than doubled it's total productivity for the 2013 growing season. We grew and donated or consumed eighty five pounds of produce this season. Last year we grew and donated or consumed thirty pounds of produce.
Something else that has grown is our Fall Feast. Community members, including individuals from the nutrition site as well as veterans, joined our feast. We had enough carrots left over after the carrot tasting contest to make dozens and dozens of carrot cookies for the Fall Feast. Mr. Geiger also used some garlic we harvested from our very our garden to add an extra delicious favor. Chris Thompson donated potatoes for our Thanksgiving-style mashed potatoes and gourds to adorn our tables. The garden committee is thankful for people like Chris Thompson who grow their own food and share what the food grow with others. We are thankful for the support Chris has provided the garden committee. From the seeds he donates to our committee, to the demonstrations and discussions he engages us in, to the produce he gives us for our Fall Feast, Chris has helped our garden and the entire local food movement become more productive.
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