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A Friday Hello from Mrs. MacQueen

April 10, 2015

Farm to School We are so fortunate to have an amazing Farm to School program. During the March lesson, our students made their own pink bean and beet dip and tasted pickled beets. With a mortar and pestle, they mashed ingredients and then enjoyed the dip with carrot sticks. They also learned about how people can and use root cellars to extend harvests.

In the fall we were awarded a $2,000 grant from the Vermont Rural Partnership to start a school-wide composting program. We want this project to be student driven and have enlisted our 4th grade Student Leadership Team to help. A few weeks ago, we took the SLT to meet Karl Hammer, owner and operator of Vermont Compost. The kids learned a lot of good information and they are preparing a special presentation for the school.

At Monday’s Community Meeting we unveiled our new equipment—compost buckets, a briefcase scale, and a large garden cart.

Mrs. Shatney spoke to our students about physical and chemical reactions and how they relate to composting.

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Yesterday, Janet from Crossroads Farm spent an hour talking to our students about the process of planting seeds. Our students were very eager to learn and ask questions about the process. The best part of the assembly came when students got their hands dirty and planted the seeds that will eventually grow in our garden beds. Thanks to a $250 grant from Vital Communities, all of our planting seeds and tools are paid for. Thank you to everyone involved in making this amazing program so successful!

April 10, 2015 Newsletter