South Warren had an excellent garden year using beds donated by Farm Bureau and efforts coordinated by Karen Paynter, 1st grade teacher. These two teachers did an amazing job getting kids out to the garden, and as you can see in the photo, having fun! Mrs. Thompson (right) is a self-proclaimed "city girl" from New York but learned the excitement that comes from pulling carrots right from the garden. She also experimented with cooking radish greens in her classroom this year! Mrs. Paynter is a local treasure from right down the road in Wise, and ensured the success of the garden by using some of her own resources from her farm. I'm thrilled to be involved with such skilled, passionate, and welcoming teachers!
Mariam Boyd Elementary School ended their Culinary Club year by hosting parents for a night of eating and celebrating. Students prepared a meal of Ginger Chicken stir fry, fresh fruit, and turon at the library. They also were able to demonstrate their chopping skills and relive highlights from the year. We had a lot of fun at our meetings and it was great to bring parents in for the party!
Caroline Stover is from Winston-Salem, NC, and is currently serving as Warren County's FoodCorps Service Member.