Food Service Garden
In February 2009 the Food Service Garden committee was established to create a garden to grow our own produce to be utilized in our National School Breakfast and Lunch Program for our students.
By encouraging and supporting a garden, we create opportunities for our children to discover fresh food, make healthier food choices, and become better nourished. School garden projects nurture community spirit, common purpose, and cultural appreciation by building bridges among students, school staff, families, local businesses, and organizations.
Through grant funding the Food Service Department has been able to continue to grow and expand the garden. Now going into our 6th growing season, we just completed our high tunnel with the help of the Chester County Food Bank. The high tunnel will allow us to extend our growing season into late fall and early spring giving us the opportunity to supplement all our cafeterias with "school grown" lettuce and veggies for most of the year.
Through the Farm to School Mini Grant from Project PA we were able to fund two new raised beds at Charlestown Elementary School. These beds will give the students the opportunity to watch the full growing cycle and give them the opportunity to taste the vegetables in the cafeteria!
We are always looking for volunteers, if you are interested in helping with the garden please join our garden committee by emailing Kelsey Gartner at email@example.com to be added to the mailing list.