It’s harvest time at Saint Catherine School. Students are always eager to get into the garden when they return to school.
Currently, students are harvesting fruits and vegetables they planted last spring. Some of the crops this year include sunflower seeds, pumpkins, gourds, popcorn, peanuts, tomatoes and a huge variety of melons.
In addition to summer crops, students grow wheat, rye, garlic, onions, brussel sprouts, potatoes, sweet potatoes, cauliflower and broccoli during the winter. Between season crops include peas, beans and lettuce. Any food not used for class projects in donated to Reach Out, the food pantry on parish grounds.
The garden is used to teach science concepts, inspire poetry and learn about where foods come from. Students enjoy harvesting grains and grinding them into flour, expelling oil from the sunflower seeds and using it to pop their popcorn, making salsa, preparing soups, making peanut butter, and eating delicious melons.
The Saint Catherine School garden was established in 2008 and has been an integral part of the school curriculum. It covers a 50’ X 100’ space with one section having raised bins and the other with open area for scatter crops and trees. The garden also has a tool shed for storing equipment, a sink for washing veggies to each right in the garden and a small shrine to Saint Fiacre, the patron saint of gardeners.