With the help of a grant from the Department of Agriculture and the hard work of volunteers from the New London County Food Policy Council - a collaborative effort between United Way, Backus Hospital and other healthcare, educational and social services organizations – along with Sprague’s Agricultural Commission, First Selectman Cathy Osten was pleased to present 3rd and 4th-grade students at Sayles School with their very own tomato plant on Friday, June 1.
Before receiving their new plant, students and educators discussed the importance of making healthy food choices and the need to limit “junk food.”
Osten said she hoped that involving youth in the growing process early would help them understand more about those choices and about where their food really comes from.
As summer homework assignment that was with scrunched up faces and a few cheers, Osten asked students to take care of their tomato plant – a task made easier with brand new Topsy Turvy® Tomato Planters – and said she’d be back in the fall to see how students fared. Students will report on their farming project, sharing pictures and documenting the use of their homegrown fruit. Vegetable?
The youngsters were interested in the summer growing assignment, encouraged by the idea that even something as small as a tomato could help provide food for their family – an idea Osten and local groups are hoping to promote, even as the community garden around the corner from the school starts to grow.
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