Vermont School Garden

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

Kale Harvesting with Second Graders

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Ooops! The long rows of blue-green kale were beginning to turn yellow.

Frosted kale can be trimmed and harvested from the bottom leaves to the top ones.

We found out that although kale will continue to produce even after the snow falls, it needs to be continually harvested (from the bottom up) in October/November.

Great kale, still ready to harvest in late October.

The second graders came out to trim back the kale they had planted last spring, composting the unusable leaves on the ground and picking the crisp green ones for a kale party after the Halloween parade.

Please take my picture with the kale!

Their teacher, Ian Levy, is a big fan of kale. His enthusiasm spills over into the developing tastes of his young students. They baked kale chips and kale soup together as a class and served them to their parents. I’ll get Ian’s recipes and include them in the next entry.
Our chef, Kim Kinney, is using the kale we harvest for her in yummy lunchtime salads.

Kale salad with carrots and craisins.


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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