TUCKAHOE, N.Y. – Tuckahoe students at the William E. Cottle Elementary School celebrated the district’s first annual Salad Day on Tuesday with a feast of home grown vegetables.
For nearly two months, the students have been receiving hands-on lessons that introduced the basics of organic gardening inside the recently installed outdoor classroom.
The Organic Vegetable Project – in its inaugural year – is led by Leonard Pouder, the garden coordinator of Lieb’s Nursery in New Rochelle. This is the first installment of instruction outside the classroom for students in kindergarten through second grade.
Students learned about basic plant needs, soil remediation and how to choose an ideal location for a garden. Students were then instructed about proper sowing, germination and transplanting techniques.
When the garden was planted, students watched, waited, observed and charted their work as nature took over.
Seedlings appeared after just a few weeks and the students then were taught what a weed was and the differences between lettuce and spinach seedlings. Several weeks later, the crops were ready to pick and eat.
On Tuesday, the students harvested crops and enjoyed the “vegetables of their labor,” with a salad created and sourced 100 percent from their own, organic garden.
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