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Progress in our Farm to School Garden

Friday, December 16th, 2011

Update: Farm to School in Action! Fall 2011

Sunflowers: This fall, SN Program Manager Morgan Beryl and Francie Baskett of ISLE (Interest-based Student Learning & Enrichment) Program worked on a project with 6 Nantucket students who had, as second graders in 2010, planted sunflowers in the Farm to School garden.

As part of the project, the students drew pictures of sunflowers, complete with labels indicating each part of the sunflower; they wrote an illustrated book about sunflowers; and demonstrated what they had learned by naming the flowers’ parts as they harvested the seeds. The seeds were put into packets and will be given as gifts – a wonderful way to share the Farm to School experience with friends and family! View the photo album for this project on our Flickr page HERE.

Pumpkins: This fall, first grade ISLE (Interest-based Student Learning & Enrichment) students embarked on a pumpkin-themed project as part of our Farm to School Program. The students learned about the anatomy of a pumpkin, how to harvest seeds, and carved jack-o-lanterns for Halloween.

The harvested pumpkin seeds were saved in Ball jars adorned with student-made labels and recipes for roasting.

Many thanks to Frances Baskett of the ISLE Program, participating WPI students, F2S Coordinator Kathleen Minihan, & Program Manager Morgan Beryl for making this fun and informative project happen! View the photo album for this project on our Flickr page HERE.

Update: October 10th, 2011… Building Raised Beds

Students from the Boys & Girls Club help with the raised beds.

During the first week of October, Sustainable Nantucket started construction of the raised beds in the Farm-to-School Garden. Volunteer Mitch Blake lead the Youth Council, members of the Boys & Girls Club, and other generous volunteers, and together they leveled the land and transformed the space into the new home of three rows of raised beds, including a wheelchair accessible bed. The newly constructed raised beds were filled with loam and were unveiled at the Discover Your Garden event hosted by Sustainable Nantucket on Monday, October 10th. To view more photos click here.

Our First Season of Gleaning

This was the inaugural summer for the Sustainable Nantucket Gleaners, who have been very busy harvesting surplus produce from Moors End Farm and assisting NPS Food Services Director Linda Peterson in preparing the produce for use in NPS school lunches. Check out all the updates HERE.

Update: September 23, 2011…Lasagna in the Garden?

Students building layers of lasagna compost

On Wednesday, September 21st, 2011 the Youth Council and Farm to School volunteers got together for Student Harvest Week for some lasagna composting! The group met at the NES garden and worked for 2 hours laying down multiple levels of organic and soil materials. This “lasagna bed” of compost will “cook” over the winter to provide nutrient rich soil for the spring when it’s time to replant our seeds. Our “lasagna” layers included cardboard, lime, peat moss, chopped leaves, barn litter, coffee grounds, and compost. Many of these materials were donated by individuals and businesses including: The Bean, The Pearl, Jesse Dutra Landscaping, Suzanne Gardener, and Bartlett’s Farm among others. Many thanks to our donors!

Wednesday’s participants included: Morgan Beryl, SN Program Manager; Beth Davies, SN Board Member; Sophie Davies and Sean Allen, Youth Council Members; and Denise, Phil & Conor Allen; John Benjamin and Nora Harrington.

Update: September 4th – Dads & Kids – Sowing Seeds for a Sustainable Future

Sowing seeds - Dads & Kids

On September 4th Sustainable Nantucket and the Community Network for Children welcomed dads and kids ages 2 1/2 years and up to spend an afternoon with us in the Farm to School Garden. We cleared out the garden for Fall crops and prepared the soil for the 2012 growing season. This was a great opportunity for the little ones to get their hands in the soil, and an exercise in building good foundations for future gardeners. We think the dads enjoyed themselves too! We hope this will be the first of many activities involving pre-schoolers in the Farm to School Garden.

Update Spring 2011

Students in the Garden, Spring 2011

Student members of the SN Youth Council, Sustainable Nantucket staff and SN volunteers are hard at work preparing for the installation and first growing season of the Farm to School Garden at Nantucket Public Schools. Donations we have received thus far have made this project possible, however more funding is needed to see it to completion. For information on how your contribution can help our garden grow, click here.

For a list of the businesses and individuals who have contributed to this project, click here.

The Garden So Far…

May 21 & 22: The SN Youth Council, SN staff, and a group of volunteers from the community gathered at the site of the Farm to School Garden to assist with the construction of the greenhouse, shed and fencing.

Construction of the Greenhouse, Shed & Fence. Spring 2011

May 4, 2011: We have a final design for the garden layout! (see below). The design is a combination of ideas from our Youth Council and their Garden Mentors. Click here to see the designs our student members submitted.

The NHS shop class students, with teacher Chuck Colley, participated in the design of the Garden tool shed, which will be constructed in mid-May along with the greenhouse and fencing.

The NPS Food Services Department will be working with SN, the Youth Council, and after school garden clubs to decide whichvegetables and herbs are the most beneficial to plant for use in the school system.

Some of the food grown in the garden will be preserved by Food Services, students and community volunteers. Program Manager Morgan Beryl is optimistic that the garden will eventually produce enough food to share with local seniors groups, food pantries, and to sell at the Farmers & Artisans Market.

We will continue to post our progress here as the season continues!

Fun for All at Discover Your Garden/Family Picnic Day at the Joyce N. Furman FARM TO SCHOOL Youth Garden

Friday, October 14th, 2011
Monday, October 10th marked Sustainable Nantucket’s first Discover Your Garden and Family Picnic Day at the Joyce N. Furman FARM TO SCHOOL Youth Garden. Over 75 people were in attendance, with Fire Chief Bill Pittman, Town Manager Libby Gibson, Nantucket Garden Club President Paulette Boling, and NPS Food Services Director Linda Peterson among them. Attendees came to participate in SN’s annual meeting; a ribbon cutting for the Joyce N. Furman FARM TO SCHOOL Youth Garden; and Family Picnic Day. (more…)

Nantucket Garden Club Grant Benefits SN Farm to School Garden

Friday, September 23rd, 2011

Sustainable Nantucket is thrilled to announce that its Farm to School Program has received a generous $5,000 grant from the Nantucket Garden Club. The funds received will be used for garden infrastructure, including loam and compost, a slow-drip irrigation system, supplies for preserving food grown in the garden, and more. (more…)

Nantucket Golf Club Grant Assures Growth of Farm to School Program

Tuesday, September 6th, 2011

Sustainable Nantucket’s Farm to School Program has been awarded a generous $15,000 grant from the Nantucket Golf Club Foundation. Funds from this grant will be used to hire and pay a stipend for two garden managers and curriculum resource aides for 2012 for the gardens at Nantucket High School and at Nantucket Elementary School/Small Friends. (more…)

Helping the Garden Grow – Summer Camp at the NES Garden

Tuesday, August 23rd, 2011

This Summer, Sustainable Nantucket donated time to the Community School’s Summer Day Camp. Farm to School Interns Maria King and Elizabeth Murphy taught campers about planting, weeding, & cultivating in the Nantucket Elementary School garden, and guided them through a number of fun educational activities and projects focused around the garden. (more…)

Updates from the Sustainable Nantucket Gleaners

Tuesday, August 23rd, 2011

On October 6th the Sustainable Nantucket Gleaners picked over 100 lbs. of organic produce generously donated by Pumpkin Pond Farm. This produce was used in meals prepared at the NPS cafeteria, including organic lettuce for sandwiches, and a delicious salad bar featuring beets and carrots!

—————————————————————————————————–On August 24th the gleaners assembled at Moor’s End Farm where we spent an hour picking 500 lbs of tomatoes of all varieties. From there, we headed to the NPS kitchen, where Linda Peterson instructed us on how to best preserve the bounty! Natty and Nora cleaned tomatoes while Samantha kept busy peeling and cutting onions for use in tomato sauce. Vanessa, Sarah, and Beth carefully prepared the delicate tomatoes for cooking by coring, cutting an “x” on the bottom of the tomatoes, and in the case where tomatoes were roasted, halving the tomatoes. Linda then steamed many of the tomatoes, placed them in an ice water bath to stop the cooking process, peeled the tomatoes (with volunteer help) and then made them into a tasty tomato sauce. Linda also passed out tomato sauce recipes for the volunteers to try at home.

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On August 18th Moors End Farm donated a large quantity of onions to Farm to School. NPS Food Services Director Linda Peterson will prepare and freeze the onions for use in French Onion Soup, which will be served to students this October. Linda plans to serve the soup with a garden salad, veggie tray and milk. Yum! This sure changes our perception of cafeteria food!

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On August 11, 2011 the Sustainable Nantucket Farm to School Program made history! With corn donated by Moors End Farm, the Sustainable Nantucket Gleaners – made up of 15 community volunteers, ranging in age from 3 – 50 years – husked over 700 ears of corn in under 1 hour!

FSD Director Linda Peterson taught volunteers about food safety, demonstrated how to correctly husk the corn, explained how she will preserve it for the students of the Nantucket Public School System to eat in the Fall when corn is no longer locally available. Linda also explained that 700 ears of corn is just the right amount to feed every public school student for one lunch day!! (500 ears for the middle school & high school, and 200 ears for the elementary school).

Linda demonstrated her methods for preserving the corn, which involves steaming and then freezing. She also demonstrated her method of removing the kernels from the cob. Students at NPS typically eat crushed corn or similar preparations of cut corn, and Linda wanted to give students the opportunity to enjoy corn on the cob at school. To that end, some of the cobs will be preserved whole, while the remainder will be stripped and used in a variety of preparations, such as creamed corn and corn muffins.

Participants Included: Linda Peterson, Food Services Director; Morgan Beryl, SN Program Manager; Pauline Cronin; James Cronin; Anna Cronin; Jessica Ryder; Stephanie Ryder; Roy Ryder; Beth Davies; Sophie Davies; Nora Harrington; Caillean Daily; Orion Malfatto – Daily; Cameron Hewes; Sophia Basile; Zoe Bazos & Yasmine Bazos. Thanks to everyone who participated!

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Wednesday, August 17th, 2011

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SN Seeks FARM TO SCHOOL Garden Manager & Curriculum Resource Aide

Thursday, July 21st, 2011

(2 POSITIONS AVAILABLE. NHS/CPS and NES/Small Friends)

Sustainable Nantucket is seeking to fill 2 Garden Manager & Curriculum Resource Aide (CRA) positions for the SN Farm to School Program. Applicants should have a passionate interest in sustainable agriculture, at least 2 years hands-on vegetable gardening experience, solid research, writing, interpersonal and communication skills, and strong Microsoft Office computer skills. (more…)

Story Time at the Farmers & Artisans Market

Tuesday, July 5th, 2011

This year we are pleased to welcome our friends from Nantucket Bookworks and some very special guests for Story Time at the Farmers & Artisans Market. Story Time is held on certain Saturdays at our downtown location at 10AM. Here’s the complete list of dates:

July 9: Curious George
July 16: Corduroy Bear
July 23: Froggy
July 30: Madeline
Aug 6: Max the Bunny
Aug 13: Ladybug Girl
Aug 20: Barnaby Bear

Farm to School: What’s Happening in 2011

Friday, April 29th, 2011

Farm to School is a Sustainable Nantucket Program that is operating in collaboration with Nantucket Public Schools. Linda Peterson, Director of Food Services has long been interested in offering healthy and local produce to the Island’s children. Now, with the help of committed community members, teachers, farmers and Sustainable Nantucket, Linda’s long time goal can become a reality.

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The Garden


Garden Infrastructure

  • Solar Powered Green House
  • 2 Hoop Houses
  • Shed
  • Class Specific Raised Beds
  • “Living Classroom”
  • Fruit Orchards
  • Deer and Rabbit Proof Fence
  • Farm Stand
  • Information Board

The Garden Manager

  • A stipend volunteer paid by SN
  • Organizes on-site school, SN Youth Council & volunteer activity in the garden
  • Coordinates with Curriculum Resource Aide
  • Cultivates and harvests garden produce

School Lunches

Sourcing Local Foods

  • Fresh produce from the garden will be used in school lunches in the spring and the fall
  • During the summer months, SN preserving volunteers will help to can, pickle, freeze & dehydrate produce for future use
  • SN and the NPS Food Services Department have been working with local farms and the farmers have offered to plant specifically to the schools needs and sell produce at a cost they can afford
  • The Sustainable Nantucket Gleaners (a currently forming group), will pick, deliver and help preserve surplus produce from local farms

2011 Curricula Integration

Curriculum Resource Aides (CRA)

  • A stipend volunteer paid by SN
  • CRA’s give teachers additional tools to teach with, NOT an additional tool that needs to be taught
  • Available to work with teachers and departments to help integrate the garden and agriculture into their already existing lesson plans
  • Helps to coordinate classroom garden activities with the Garden Manager

Conferences, Grants & Resources

  • Teachers can earn Professional Development Points
  • Teachers can apply for mini-grants to attend conferences, workshops and/or for agricultural activity materials
  • Sustainable Nantucket actively seeks grants and educational opportunities for teachers, and is on call to assist with applications and logistics
  • Massachusetts Agriculture in the Classroom is a great place to start your search

How can YOU help?

Volunteer

  • In the Garden
  • In the Kitchen
  • As an SN Gleaner

Spread the Word

  • To your children & students
  • To your friends & family
  • To local businesses

Support

Click here to download a pdf of our 2011 brochure.

With thanks to our generous sponsors… Click here to view a complete list.