‘Growing’ love of school garden

Raizy Akrongold and Nathan Cohen are holding one of the (very large) new crop of Italian zucchini, Trombolino. The huge size is attributable to the expertise of Miss Sweeney and her young scientists, who managed to outsmart the squash beetles this year.

Raizy Akrongold and Nathan Cohen are holding one of the (very large) new crop of Italian zucchini, Trombolino. The huge size is attributable to the expertise of Miss Sweeney and her young scientists, who managed to outsmart the squash beetles this year.

Goodies from the Eagle Hill School (EHS) garden have been “cropping” up nicely since it was established in 2010, as a result of hard work and dedication on the part of the EHS faculty and students.

This year, the students in Miss Sweeney’s science class were out every Tuesday and Thursday to harvest crops of string beans, tomatoes, jalapenos, potatoes and more. The vegetables are then brought to the school kitchen so that Chef Carlos can use them in salads and hot foods.

When asked, Miss Sweeney explained that the students are far more inclined to try a vegetable they had a hand in growing.

“They eat their way through the garden” she said. “It’s incredible to see them snacking along and asking ‘Can I eat this? May I have another? What does that taste like? Can I eat string beans raw? Why can’t we eat the jalapenos?’”

However, it’s more than eating that excites the students. They enjoy being outdoors and exploring the ways the garden grows and inhabits its environment, the school said.

A recent expedition involved them watching a swallowtail butterfly caterpillar nibbling on the dill plants. Miss Sweeney was then able to explain what a “good bug” was and how they need to be allowed to eat in order to help the species, which are on the decline, stay alive.

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