Farm to School at MNES

Farm to School at MNES
Posted on 10/01/2018

Fall planting and harvesting is underway at Louisa County Public Schools!


On Monday, October 1st, students at Moss-Nuckols Elementary School planted lettuce and harvested sweet potatoes from their Student Gardens! The sweet potatoes will now be used to make lunches in the school’s cafeteria! 


All four elementary schools at LCPS have a Student Gardens program, which allows students to do their own planting and harvesting.


“I’m really proud of the legacy of our Student Gardens in Louisa County, especially here at Moss-Nuckols Elementary School,” LCPS Director of School Nutrition Randy Herman said. “We’re in our seventh year here sustaining our Student Gardens and this has been such a fabulous program. We have harvested thousands of pounds of fresh produce that goes to our children every day.”


The program is all thanks to a partnership between LCPS, Louisa County’s 4-H Extension Office, and local Master Gardeners. Louisa County’s 4-H Extension Agent Jenny Thompson is frequently on-hand to help students learn more about gardening and conservation.


“We’re especially grateful to Jenny Thompson from 4-H because this program wouldn’t happen without her,” Herman said. “She comes out and helps out with planting and the educational piece with kids.”


Last year, one bed at an LCPS Student Garden yielded 45 pounds of sweet potatoes!


Along with sweet potatoes and lettuce, LCPS students are growing peppers, strawberries, and more this year!  Schools will be hosting harvest parties later this semester so students can try out all of the foods they helped maintain and harvest!


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