Ms. Perry's Career Pathways class helps ward off vampires from our garden by planting garlic. They pushed the cloves (thank you for the donation Sellers Family of Little Spring Farm!) about 2 inches deep into the ground pointy end up, 6 inches apart from one another. Planting garlic around your garden is a chemical-free way to ward off pests like vampires and insects. Garlic will be mulched over immediately, and then ready to harvest in the spring. Garlic is a fun plant to watch (and eat!) all year long.
Warren County High's School Garden Club met last week for the first time. The members were able to plant mums in the garden, lettuces in the greenhouse, re-pot transplant tomatoes, and plan what they want their space to look like. After school gardening was very fun, and the students are looking forward to beautifying the space and being creative!
Students at Warren New Tech High School delved deeper into their food choices last week. As part of their group project based on the novel The Jungle by Upton Sinclair, Mr. Packer's junior English class has been working to document their food choices on a typical day. Each group made a video journal of their diet, and made a graph based on food groups chosen throughout the day. Then, students learned about what their graph should look like, based on MyPlate. Students worked with our FoodCorps Service Member Caroline Stover to compare their plate to MyPlate. We also worked together to prepare a fresh salsa recipe using produce straight from the high school garden. Students were able to analyze the benefits of eating fresh produce from a local garden or farmer versus vegetables which traveled in from other states. Plus, the salsa was delicious!
FoodCorps North Carolina presented their program at Carolina Farm Stewardship's Sustainable Agriculture Conference in Greenville, SC. As part of the presentation to 70 workshop participants interested in Farm to School programs, Warren County FoodCorps was able to describe Northside Elementary's program during Bulldog Academy. Participants were so excited about students having the opportunity to work inside the cafeteria to get them excited about fresh food, and asked how to duplicate this experience for their students. FoodCorps was excited about being able to spread the word about Warren County's innovative programs.
Ms. Perry's students prepare to plant lettuce and broccoli.
Warren County FoodCorps has gotten off to a great start! The Warren County High School Garden program has been continued with the help of Mr. Traylor's Agriscience and Horticulture classes, as well as Ms. Perry's Career Pathways course for 9th graders. These classes have been instrumental in preparing the garden for planting, planting fall vegetables, and constructing a fence to deter deer and varmints from entering the garden.
Students in these classes along with those in Ms. Jones's class have been able to use the summer produce that is still maturing on the plants. We've had a bell pepper and hot pepper tasting for all six of Ms. Perry's classes, using produce picked straight from the garden by students. Mr. Traylor and Ms. Jones have had classes able to use carrots from the garden to make a kale and carrot salad. Yum! Tomatoes, peppers, onions, and herbs from the garden made a delicious salsa for Mr. Traylor's classes as well! Two of Ms. Perry's classes got to make garden fresh and North Carolina fresh sweet potatoes using their own recipe in the WCHS Cooking Lab. Students really enjoyed their sweet potato dishes, and were able to share with administration and cafeteria staff.
Caroline Stover is from Winston-Salem, NC, and is currently serving as Warren County's FoodCorps Service Member.