Take one part stone, another part water, mix together with greens and a rubber chicken, and serve.

Kindergarten and first-grade students at Capt. Albert Stevens School took part in a Thanksgiving story presentation recently, using vegetables harvested from the CASS and Troy Howard Middle School gardens and culminating in a soup "feast" for everyone.

The event is based on the old folk story, "Stone Soup," in which a hungry stranger convinces reluctant townspeople to each share a small amount of their food to make a meal that everyone can enjoy. Once the soup is done, villagers are amazed at how delicious it is, and also learn the value of sharing along the way.

"I love the Stone Soup story," FoodCorps AmeriCorps partner Malia Demers said. "Everyone contributes one thing and it's all about sharing. Plus all the exposure and excitement about food and vegetables."

The story is fun and students were very engaged watching CASS ed tech Dave Hurley as the hungry stranger, Demers as one of the villagers and a brief cameo by CASS Principal Glen Widmer as the rubber chicken-wielding king.

The hungry stranger prompts students throughout the performance to contribute to the soup from a cart of harvested vegetables. The ingredients are then stirred in a large pot until done. Though the actual soup was prepared later by Hurley and delivered to classes, the students acted the part of the townspeople, who discover teamwork and sharing are key to preparing the meal.

"I work on the kindergarten and first-grade wing (at CASS) and I thought it would be a good way to combine Malia's hands-on learning from the garden, with connecting students to healthy foods," Hurley said. "It was a good collaboration."

Some valuable lessons learned, Hurley said, included, "where food comes from and that it all started with a rock; or making something from nothing."

Some other Belfast community partners also contributed to the feast, according to Hurley. Belfast Co-op and Hannaford Supermarket both donated gift cards to use toward purchasing other ingredients for the meal, and United Farmers Market gave a donation to purchase sausages to complete the soup.

The Co-op's ambassador, a giant walking carrot, was also on hand for good measure. "I don't think I will fit in this pot," said Jamie Cermak, in charge of community engagement at the Co-op, as the giant carrot.

Co-op Marketing Manager Carisa Carney said, "We love doing community outreach events such as this where kids learn the benefits of vegetables and what it means to be a farmer."

According to Carney, the Co-op has supported community garden efforts at Walker Elementary and Troy Howard Middle schools in the past. "We supplied them with seeds, funds or by selling their vegetables," she said.

At the end of the presentation, students thanked the earth, seeds and worms for their part in the eventual harvest of the many vegetables used in the meal.