Garden to Fork project provides food for students

Wednesday, September 4, 2019
Second-grade students visited the Agricultural Education Greenhouse, located at Cassville High School, for plant science lessons with greenhouse high school students and FFA members. The students, along with their high school mentors, planted carrots, corn, cucumbers and okra. Contributed photo

Students are getting their hands dirty in the school garden teaching younger generations about where their food comes from and then eat delicious, school-grown vegetables, giving students a true seed-to-fork experience that fosters a new appreciation for fresh vegetables.   

FFA members tended to the garden over the summer and harvested the vegetables. The vegetables were donated to community members. Recently, the greenhouse class harvested the carrots planted last spring, totaling 32 pounds of carrots, from the school garden. The carrots were then donated to the high school cafeteria staff to be used in daily meals.

High school students also presented a composting bucket, paid for by a 2018 Cassville Community Foundation Grant received by the Career and Tech instructors. The composting buckets will be used by the cafeteria staff for a disposal container for the organic material leftovers while prepping the vegetables for cooking. The containers will be collected by greenhouse students and the organic materials will be composted throughout the year to create organic fertilizer that will be used on the school garden next spring.

A total of 32 pounds of carrots were delivered form the Cassville High School greenhouse are to the school’s kitchen staff for use in daily meals. Contributed photo

Cassville Community Foundation Grant funds provided allowed the Career and Technical Education department to collaborate between departments to take students on a field trip to learn about sustainable living. In addition, it provided funds that were used to begin a composting program that allows the high school kitchen staff, food science and food and nutrition labs to recycle and reuse food scraps that would otherwise be thrown out.

Cassville High School students planted numerous vegetables to be used for educational purposes. Contributed photo