by: Adam Davenport, Grow Education Manager
Typically in May, Grow Education is planting garden bed after garden bed in elementary schools across New Bedford. Though spring has looked different this year, we have adjusted and continue to support our school partners and their communities.
As the quarantine started to open up in mid-May, we have been able to start planting gardens across the city! Without knowing what the harvest season will bring, we will only seed vegetables that have one harvest and have to be cooked; such as potatoes, beets, celeriac, and flowers. Each garden is getting cultivated and planted by . the Grow team, with the hope that we can support food security in each neighborhood. Garlic is popping up from last fall’s planting, and many of the herb beds are looking healthy thanks to help from Herbalists Without Borders volunteers.
Our Farm to School project in partnership with New Bedford Public Schools and the Food Service Department is moving steadily ahead. We are using this time to plan ahead for next year’s fresh fruit and vegetable taste tests and menu changes in New Bedford’s Cafeterias. We know that it can be a challenge to have kids ready and willing to try new vegetables, but what they grow, they will eat! This is the ‘secret sauce’ combining our garden programming with changes in the cafeteria starting up next year.