Lara Lepionka submits-
What a tremendous success! I want to thank everyone for making West Parish’s Third Annual Harvest Day such a great experience for the kids. 19 classrooms visited the garden and every child had the opportunity to harvest vegetables they had planted in the spring. We had 80 pounds of potatoes, beets, carrots, and winter squash that went to The Open Door as well as a bounty of shelling beans, sunflower seeds and pumpkins that went to the teachers to use in their curricula.
In addition to harvesting, children explored the garden, dug for worms, made drawings of vegetables from observation, and used a cider press to sample fresh apple juice!
And now for the specific thank yous!
Principal Telena Imel for being so incredibly supportive of the farm and for coordinating the teachers’ schedules.
Phil Padulsky & Stacey Pecora for rocking the special veggie samples as part of the lunch menu (the kids loved the pumpkin bread!) and providing and hauling the apples for the cider press!
Karen & J Harrison for the fabulous cider press – the kids totally LOVED it – what a treat!
Lois Lane & Lisa Groleau for knowing the who, what, where, when and why about everything.
Paula Morgan for donating her art boards for the day.
Parent and community volunteers: Stevens Brosnihan, Alison Woitunski, Brianna Iacovetta, Maria Puglisi, Erica Keyes, Kathy Vieira, Dawn Heanue, Kelly Allen, Cathy Fulford, Sherri Lewis, Mary Ellen Lepionka, Karen Harrison, and J Harrison, for volunteering in shifts to set up, coordinate art supplies, take pictures, pass out veggie samples at lunch, provide farm-related books for the school library, help the kids harvest, work the cider press, break down, and deliver the produce to The Open Door.
The following West Parish families who volunteered to care for the garden over the summer so Harvest Day could be a success!: Vila; Howlett; Casey; Coelho; Cooke; Zervos-Bruno; Magnarelli; Neves; Harrison; Dills-Murphy; Groleau; Beauparlant; Carpenter; and Ryan.
Dr. Safier for coming out and visiting us on Harvest Day – we were so pleased you could come.
And, of course, to all of the teachers and students who did all of the planting and harvesting work!
All the best,
West Parish School Farm Coordinator