Another Let's Go! 5-2-1-0 banner shows up in Waldo County

Jul 27, 2014
Christine Gall, the FoodCorps Service Member for RSU 3, is leading the Summer Garden Camp at Walker Elementary School, left. To the right are campers, Sophia King and Emily Richards. The carrots and beets are for the farm stand.

A second Let’s Go! 5-2-1-0 banner has popped up in Waldo County. That banner can be found at the Walker Elementary School in Liberty where children are learning to grow their own vegetables.

Christine Gall, FoodCorps Coordinator for Regional School Unit 3, is leading the five-week Walker Elementary Garden Summer Camp. The 24 campers are growing vegetables and herbs, taking cooking classes with health educator Beth Chamberlain, learning about nutrition, and playing active games.

Each camper is also producing a cookbook, in which they color and record the recipe for each new snack or lunch they help create. Those recipes include the veggies and herbs from their greenhouse and raised bed gardens

Just pulled carrots are the campers’ favorite and they ask to be able to eat them. One day they made a snack of fragment basil and crackers and rated the taste with thumbs up, middle, or down. Four of the 11 campers gave the basil a thumb ups with such comments as “epic,” “very tasty” and “fantastic.” Some of the others were less sure they liked the strong herb flavor.

In addition to attending the Summer Garden Camp, two of the campers are operating a farm stand in front of the school on Monday and Wednesday afternoons from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. They sell fresh vegetables on a “pay what you can” method to help provide fresh food to their community. The farm stand, which is run by students Sophia King and Madison Paradis, grew out of the service learning project they participated in during the school year and their understanding of the value of eating at least 5 servings of fruits and vegetables a day.

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