May and June may signal the end of the school year but for the Grow gardens, it’s time to clean up the beds and start planting delicious fruits and vegetables for the community to share! Over a series of planting day workshops, Grow Education Operations Manager Adam Davenport, along with Marion Institute Team members and volunteers, worked with students and teachers from 6 New Bedford schools to plant a variety of garden delights, such as kale, parsley, potatoes, lettuce, cilantro and much more! These planting days were an experiential opportunity for students, following up on the local food and sustainability focused presentations that Grow hosted during the winter.
Students rolled up their sleeves and got their hands into the dirt (despite some initial hesitation) and were excited to see what will grow in their garden. The plants will be ready to harvest when the students come back in September- just in time for the Grow community harvest celebrations!
Below are photos taken at school plantings at Gomes Elementary and Pacheco Elementary. Other schools not pictured are Trinity Day Academy, New Bedford High School, Jacobs Elementary, and Renaissance Elementary. Enjoy our photo gallery and the smiles on these young faces!