Vermont School Garden

A visit to a Vermont public school garden through the seasons.

Harvesting Butternut Squash and Potatoes

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Finally, last Friday we had one of those signature Vermont autumn days. “When fall comes to New England, the sun slants in so fine, and the air’s so clear

Third grade butternut squash harvest.

you can almost hear the grapes grow on the vine…”

It was time to harvest our butternut squash. The second graders who planted this crop were now third graders. They were excited to discover the yellow butternut squash, once the weeds were cleared away. No matter how many times I observe the amount of kindness and cooperation children offer each other in the garden, I’m always impressed. This was a hard working third grade crew, moving wheelbarrows of weeds together, lending help wherever it was needed. They will work on cooking projects during the year using the squash. We’re so lucky to have cold storage space for our crops at the Harlow Farm.

We’re also very lucky to have farmer Paul Harlow, still supporting our Westminster Center School garden even as his daughter, Hannah, moves on to middle school.

Paul Harlow helping fifth graders dig potatoes.

He pitched right in with our potato harvest and he posed some challenging questions about how many pounds of potatoes we would find. Hmmmm…..about a pound per foot….two 75′ rows……..OK, fifth graders, get to work! By the way, Teams, what was the diameter of the largest potato harvested? The smallest? These potatoes will find their way into the school lunchroom and the classroom for various projects throughout the year.



Author: vermontschoolgarden

I have been an elementary teacher at the Westminster Center School for 30 years. For most of those years, I maintained a garden as part of my teaching curriculum resource. Now I am the Garden Coordinator for all of the Westminster Center School classrooms.

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