April 15, 2011
Last spring, with the help of local farmers, parents, and our energetic students, we tilled a new 50’x100’ garden in the backfield of our new campus. Students helped shape the raised beds, started seeds in the Lilac Ridge Farm greenhouse, built mounds for squash and pumpkins, transplanted seedlings and mulched down the rows. After leaving for summer break, students returned in the fall to reap the rewards of their labor. In the first months of school they harvested winter squash, pumpkins, carrots, cabbage, mounds of tomatoes, buckets of potatoes, beans, parsley, and glorious sunflowers.
This year, we began planting in our own 27’ greenhouse, starting seeds for the garden and cultivating an early spinach crop in raised beds. Students are excited to eat produce from their garden for snack, cook up some delicious soups to sell as a fundraiser, donate garden produce to the Drop-In Center, and decorate the school with our own pumpkins and gourds in October.
If you look to your right as you come up our driveway, you may notice a section of newly plowed ground. This is the future home of a collaborative, multi-school garden project organized by the Brattleboro area Farm-to-School committee. Hilltop parent Ross Thurber (yet again!) generously donated his time and tractor to break ground for this initiative, which will bring together students and farmers from around the county to plant, tend, and harvest food for our community. The committee hopes to sell the crop within our local community and use the proceeds to support and grow the Farm-to-School programs in our area. Hilltop is excited to host this fantastic community project. We’ll keep you posted as the garden gets under way next spring.
For more information contact Nora Gordon, firstname.lastname@example.org.