RSU3 kids grow award-winning produce

Oct 03, 2018
Produce from area schools is shown with ribbons won at the Common Ground Country Fair Sept. 21-23.

Elementary students in Regional School Unit 3 took home 30 ribbons from the Common Ground Country Fair in September for produce grown in their school gardens.

Teacher of Agricultural Projects Darcy Johnston said students from Morse Memorial, Troy Elementary, Monroe Elementary and Mount View Elementary schools who participated in the Waldo County Growing Project submitted the entries.

Students were recognized for outstanding Adirondack blue potatoes, Giganti kohlrabi, heirloom yellow pear tomatoes, broad-leaved Czech garlic, heirloom Aunt Mollie's ground cherries and heirloom "long pie" pumpkins, among other produce.

Students collected 14 first-place ribbons, 10 for second place and six for third place, Johnston said, adding students also garnered a total of nine ribbons at the Windsor Fair.

For more information about RSU 3’s elementary school garden program, contact the school principal and check out the Waldo County Growing Project Facebook page.

Award-winning garlic.
A "long pie" pumpkin with its blue ribbon from the Common Ground Country Fair.
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