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On this blog, we share regular updates about the Healthy Bodies, Healthy Minds, Healthy Learners partnership between Extension's Children, Youth & Family Consortium and Bruce Vento Elementary School.

Friday, June 2, 2017

Garden Camp Finale

By Kirsten Saylor, School Garden Coordinator

The last session of Garden Camp, May 22, fell on a brilliant day! The sun was out and a gentle breeze ruffled the air. On this afternoon, third grade students at Bruce Vento Elementary School in St. Paul harvested what they had grown in the school’s garden. They learned how to harvest the produce safely and wash it, and then they tasted the culmination of their work.

This was also a highly coordinated session! We had pushed back the harvest a week in the hope of giving more time for crops to grow.

close-up of a raised garden bed with lettuce, radishes, and peas growing
Buce Vento's well-marked raised beds.

Only half of the counselors were able to join us as a result. Working with SNAP-Ed Educator Shirley Vang and St. Paul Public Schools Nutrition Services' Jill Westlund, we were able to adapt the initial strategy so that every student would be involved in one of three stations: Harvesting, Wash, and Salad!

Half of the class would harvest and wash in the first half of the session, while the other half would have a quick lesson on salad making, nutrition, and preparing melon. At half time, students switched from Salad Station to Harvesting, and from Harvesting to Salad Station.
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