Farm to School

DID YOU KNOW...?

Most of the take away food containers from the cafeteria are compostable?!
     and 
Add them to the compost, but take out any plastic first!


Garden Update:


September: We are ready to celebrate sunflowers this fall! The High School garden produced some amazingly tall and full sunflowers. Now we have seeds! Check out this newsletter and learn all kinds of things sunflowers are good for (besides putting a smile on your face, of course)! 


April: Seeds are waiting underground. I know with the rain and sun they will come up soon! We have lettuce that is moving into the green house from our HS grow cart. I am continually starting new seeds to have plants to transplant as soon as the temperatures are warmer! 

March 25th:

From the Farm to School Coordinator:


As I look out my window I see the snow is back, just enough to make us a little sad that it’s winter again, right when we thought we were moving onto green grass - or at least brown. In my home garden, I’ve already planted a few seeds that can be put in the ground “as soon as the soil can be worked”. I’ll admit, maybe I was a little early, but if the seeds didn’t germinate (start to grow) then they will be okay waiting in the cold soil. Our seasons can sneak up on us, and if we wait too long to plant and start seeds, sometimes it’s hard to get certain crops like beets, spinach and peas. Did you know one beet “seed” actually sprouts many plants? Beet and chard seeds are multigerm seeds. (The germ is the reproductive part of a seed — the embryo — that grows into a new plant.) Multigerm seeds occur when flowers grow in clusters, fused together by the petals (such as the flowers on a beet plant), which then produce multigerm seed balls. Cool, huh?



Garden Tip:
Many seed packets say seeds can be planted "as soon as soil can be worked". Unless your spot is severely shaded or under snow still, that time is now! The most popular of these are peas, beets, spinach, chard,  and onions.


Growing at Home:
All activities will stay up. New ones will be added at the top of this section. 

April 7, 2019:


It doesn't quite feel like the time to look for caterpillars and butterflies, but it is almost time to spread the seeds of the plants that will grow and feed our native pollinators all year long -plants like echinacea, milkweed, and aster.  

Your family can get these seeds for FREE from the Adirondack Pollinator Project. Go to https://www.adkaction.org/project/adirondack-pollinator-project/ Scroll past the plant sale - unless you want those too - and simply fill out the form. 

On this webpage, you can also go on a virtual tour of any of 16 gardens in the region. What a fun way to get dreaming about the arrival of blooms and bugs!



March 18th, 2019:

Maple at Home


It’s maple sugaring season and all throughout our region operations large and small are beginning to collect and boil sap. Learn more here!


Syrup makers toil this winter | Maple syrup taps, Maple tree, Survival


History

Native Americans have been tapping maple trees for hundreds of years to access its sap. After European settlers put down roots in our region, iron or copper kettles were used to hold sap as it was boiled down to syrup - it was called sugaring.  Today, sugar makers across the state are tapping their maple trees in the spring when temperatures fall below freezing overnight and range from 40-45 degrees F during the day. Using the heat from either oil or wood, they boil the sap into concentrated syrup that can be enjoyed year-round.



http://www.vermontharvestofthemonth.org/uploads/2/8/9/6/28966099/maple_home_flyer.pdf 


https://nysmaple.com/educational-resources/

March 17th, 2019:


Many growing activities don’t need lots of fancy materials. You can observe plant growth in all kinds of ways by using what you have. 




Forcing: Forcing is the process of tricking a plant into thinking it’s spring so that it blossoms or blooms. From bulbs to branches, just add water and observe the opening of the flower. Some species are prettier than others, but any will work. Some favorites are forsythia (yellow), cherry or apple tree (whites and pinks), and pussy willow (fuzzy grey). 




Growing from inedible bits: From carrot tops to celery ends, the kitchen is full of bits that can grow. Try regrowing cuts ends of celery, carrots, or beets. Just place the cut top in a shallow tray of water or on damp cotton. To take it further, make it a piece of art, adding rocks or other sprouting seeds like broccoli or cress in an arrangement. 



The Classic Bean: Beans and other seeds that make it into your house can often grow too. Try this classic and then branch out to other more exotic seeds like avocado and orange. Place a bean in a damp paper towel and put it into a plastic bag. Tape it to a sunny window. Make sure to water occasionally and watch it grow.