Posted by: csdailyblog | August 3, 2012

CS4 Student Garden Bears Fruit (and Zucchini)

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We have been giving the CS4 student garden beds lots of Tender Loving Care this summer. Now, at the very beginning of August, the hard work of the CS4 students, who filled and then planted many of the beds, is paying off with peas, broccoli, squash, beets, carrots, and many other types of vegetables really beginning to produce. CS1 through CS3 students should also pat themselves on the back for their work in building beds, filling them with compost and soil, transplanting perennials, and all of the other labor that has gone into creating and continuously expanding the Conserve School gardens — both the vegetable garden and the pollinator garden, which was created with our bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds in mind.

I took these photos yesterday during a staff work session in the garden. Some of the produce you see in the photos is being put to use immediately in the school kitchen now that many staff members are back from summer vacations and eating lunch in the dining room every day. Jenny Riihimaki, our Food Service Manager, has also been busy blanching and freezing the garden bounty. Our zucchini, for instance, is living up to its reputation and churning out more zucchinis than we can keep up with, so Jenny has been shredding and freezing it for use later on this year. And yesterday we unwrapped our new, industrial-strength dehydrator, which we’ll be putting to use right away, too, to help us preserve our late summer harvest.

One more note on the garden for CS4 students: Those bluebird houses you built for the garden have indeed attracted bluebirds!

– Mary Anna Thornton, Assistant Head of School

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