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Welcome back to school! Hope you enjoyed the summer as much we did.
We’ve worked hard to keep the gardens growing with the help of many volunteers.
Much gratitude to those of you who watered your school garden over the summer!
We also had the pleasure of working with Beacon’s Green Teen next step interns, Kindu and Isabela. We’ve all been busy weeding, planting, and harvesting. Much of the produce was donated to St. Andrew’s food pantry and served in healthy snacks made with Beacon Recreation campers and participants in the free meals program at the Newburgh Library.
We’ve made sure that Beacon elementary students will return to gardens filled with tomatoes, string beans, cucumbers, carrots, beets, kale, broccoli, popping corn, and more!
For those who have not met us, we are Megan Hoffman and Nicole Porto, the Beacon garden education team with Hudson Valley Seed. Hudson Valley Seed is an independent non-profit organization partnering with the Beacon School District to offer year-round curriculum-integrated lessons during the school day to K – 2 students at all elementary schools. We have created (or built upon previous) vegetable gardens at each school that serve as outdoor classrooms where students discover nature and learn about where food comes from.
Megan will teach garden time lessons with all kindergarten classes monthly and 1st and 2nd graders at South Avenue and Sargent weekly. Nicole will be teaching 1st and 2nd grade weekly garden time at Glenham and JV Forrestal. Hands-on, experiential lessons start outside in the garden until it gets too cold, then move indoors throughout winter, and back outside in spring for a new growing season.
We’ll keep you posted with this monthly newsletter about what’s happening during garden time lessons. Each month we’ll share photos, student quotes, vegetable fun facts, and recipes. We will also include volunteer opportunities. If you are interested in getting involved with our organization please contact us.
We are so excited to see familiar students again and to meet new kids!
Until next month,
Ms. Megan & Ms. Nicole
For more information, including volunteer and giving opportunities, visit our website www.hudsonvalleyseed.org
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