Middle School and Upper Elementary visit Cherry Valley Co-op
Middle School and Upper Elementary students visited the Cherry Valley Co-op as part of their Farm-to-School experience. They learned about what farmers can do to extend their growing season and prepare for the long winter.
The Upper Elementary students focused their time learning about seeds and making sauerkraut. They were shown how to harvest pepper seeds, and then cultivated dirt in order to plant onion seeds. They finished the day with a cooking and cutting lesson using a variety of vegetables grown on the farm such as cabbage, carrots and radishes. The students also learned about the fermentation process of sauerkraut and how it’s beneficial probiotics, or ‘live bacteria’, are produced, and how these probiotics give it most of its health benefits.
The Middle School group learned about high tunnels and greenhouses and then created two tunnels inside a high tunnel and covered them with materials to insulate the plants.
Princeton Montessori School has been chosen to receive a Farm to School Grant awarded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Food and Nutrition Service (FNS)! The grants were designed by the USDA to help farm to school programs get started or expand existing efforts. This money will help our school to further develop the farm to school programming and partner with West Windsor Plainsboro Regional District to develop and scale the farm to school program with lasting impacts at the regional level in Mercer county. Please reach out to Alex Cardona, Parent Association Farm to School Program Chair, atCardona.firstname.lastname@example.org you have any questions. Find out more about the grant here.
The Montessori Method of education, developed by Dr. Maria Montessori, is a child-centered educational approach based on scientific observations of children from birth to adulthood.