Tri-County expands donations to local food pantries
The expansion of Tri-County Regional Vocational Technical High School's garden has allowed teachers and students to donate more fresh produce to two local food pantries.
In the two years since the garden was created, the school donated more than 1,000 pounds of produce to charity. The school previously donated all of its produce to the Franklin Food Pantry, but the addition of a greenhouse, several more boxes and raised beds gave Tri-County the ability to expand their donations to the Medway Food Pantry.
“With both the expansions on our garden and the addition of the greenhouse, we have been able to grow a lot more produce to give to the community,” Culinary Arts Instructor and Garden Coordinator Nancy Haney said. “Students love getting involved and working in the garden and really enjoy being able to give the produce to people in need.”
With the expansion of the garden, Ms. Haney expects to have an even larger yield by the end of the fall season. The school has already harvested about 800 pounds with more to come.
The program educates students about proper gardening techniques and helps to bolster philanthropy. The Culinary Arts Program uses it to teach students how to grow vegetables and how to use fresh vegetables in their cooking. Students taking Environmental Science arrange the garden and put down the fertilizer after all the vegetables have been planted. The Early Childhood Careers Program uses the garden to introduce its preschoolers to gardening.
Ms. Haney also taught culinary classes during a summer camp held at the high school for 7th and 8th graders and used the garden to teach the students about growing, tending, harvesting and cooking the vegetables.
Students volunteered to water and harvest the plants during the summer under the supervision of Tri-County faculty. They also helped transport the produce to the food pantries.
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