April Harvest of the Month: PEACHES!

Thanks to a heads-up from the Florida Department of Agriculture and some assistance from Localecopia, we were able to buy peaches from Farmer Jeff Sizemore of Sizemore Farms near Plant City.

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It was interesting to learn about the development of peaches that will grow well in Florida (thanks University of Florida!)  from Jeff and about the farm his great-grandfather started in the early 1900s.

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They were a great addition to the lunch line and a real hit with the students.

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peaches at Alachua

So long greens…

Just yesterday, you were a tiny seed.

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Late October 2016

We loved watching you grow.

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December 2016

You have given hundreds of students a taste of fresh kale salad and tasty cooked collards.

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You made our little farm look lush and beautiful all winter long.

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February 2017

Right into Spring!

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April 2017

It was a great season, beautiful greens! We plan to see you again in the Fall.

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Big thanks to Brandi, our intrepid Garden Training Coordinator for leading the students to make this happen!

 

Open House!

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It was a beautiful day! And it was an opportunity to showcase what we have been up to at the Farm to School to Work Hub.

During the farm tour, Brandi – our garden training coordinator – shared how we keep squirrels and other critters out of our school gardens.

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And we got to show off the new orchard!

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Blueberries, blackberries, figs, satsumas, and persimmons

GET students sold transplants.

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Volunteer Bart, Teacher Crystal, and student David

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Some of the plants came in beautiful hand-painted pots

There was an egg hunt.

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Students hid prizes in the eggs

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One of the prizes was a “Tater Tat” veggie tattoo

Real farmers visited and signed their trading cards.

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Laray Thompson, of Thompson Vineyard and Nursery, grew Muscadine grapes for our very first Harvest of the Month

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Nando Roberts, of Santa Fe Organics, grows our kale for kale salads

Some of our community partners offered a taste of their talents and contributions to the Hub.

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Michelle of Fat Tuscan made fresh chocolate crepes

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Melissa of Forage Farms helped visitors explore seeds

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Beautiful music by Florida Pure and Simple added so much to the day

A delicious farm to school lunch featuring student-grown produce was provided by the Food and Nutrition department.

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The Grow Hub shared their visions for future jobs for adults with disabilities – a much needed spin-off of the work we are doing with students in transition.

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Some of the board of the Grow Hub – Growing Real Opportunities for Work

It was wonderful to share the great work students have been doing with the help of so many partners.

We were all ready for a nap by the end of the day.

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Our Kitchen Training Coordinator, Daniel, takes a much-deserved break amongst the huge collards