Vermont School Garden

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

Corn Stalk Harvest

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using a shovel

 

 

 

Grace digging

digging digging

digging digging

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Yes, we let nothing go to waste in our school garden. In October, Westminster Schools traditionally hold an open house for parents and students. there’s a pot luck soup and bread supper before students take their parents to show them their classrooms. Each year the school is decorated for this event. There is no shortage of corn growing in Westminster, but most of it gets chopped up into silage—not our popcorn stalks. Students from the fourth grade came out to the garden and helped dig up the stalks, cut off the roots and stack them for decorating the school. I wasn’t sure how they would handle their jobs, but I didn’t need to worry about this crew. They quickly fell into line and worked together to get the job done without many reminders. Most stayed on through their recess to finish up the work!

among the corn rows

using a clipper

using a clipper

organized team effort

organized team effort

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

wheelbarrow ride

wheelbarrow ride

 

 

stalks stacked and ready

stalks stacked and ready

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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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