Students grow prize-winning produce

Sep 30, 2017
Walker Elementary School students pose with their prize-winning cucumbers.

The gardens and greenhouse at Walker Elementary School are not only yielding produce, but also ribbons.

Second- and third-grade students in Ranae Carlson's class brought home five ribbons from Common Ground Fair last week for a variety of veggies grown and harvested at the Liberty school. Judges awarded first-place ribbons for the students' rainbow Swiss chard, yellow pear tomatoes and Excelsior cucumbers. A second place was given for Cossack pineapple ground cherries and a third awarded for Rossa Lunga de Tropea onions, according to Darcy Johnston, who oversees the gardening program.

"They say 'two out of three ain't bad' but five out of six is even better," Johnston said in an email announcing the accomplishment. "Of the six vegetables entered, we won ribbons for five of them! ... Many thanks to the students, staff and garden volunteers for helping us grow these distinguished vegetables."

These prize-winning veggies were grown by Walker Elementary School students.
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