A little dirt got on the floor but a lot of enthusiasm was in the air, as all 70 second graders at the Tucker School got a chance to take part in first steps of growing their own food on May 10.
While it isn’t uncommon for students to grow a seed or two as part of a science curriculum, the the pilot organic growing program at the Tucker School takes growing produce a big step further.
“They’re going to grow it; they’re going to harvest it and bring it down to the food service staff. Then the whole school is going to eat it for lunch,” said Jackie Morgan, Milton Public Schools food service director.
In fact, Morgan said she expects the organic lettuce, basil and other herbs that will be grown on tiered racks under lights all year round to make a real dent in the amount of produce the school district needs to purchase. She hopes to expand the project to the district’s other three elementary schools in the fall for a cost of about $16,000, mostly in one-time funds, out of her budget. It is expected to pay for itself over time.
For more see the Milton Times issue of May 16, 2019, in print or online.