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Estes Plants Gardening Day

Estes Elementary students and staff celebrated their inaugural Gardening Day on Thursday, April 13 starting at 9 a.m.  Estes teacher Lauren Coomes has worked hard over the last couple years to bring agriculture to Estes.

 

“Many of our students aren’t exposed to farming because of where they live.  Agriculture is such an important part of our community.  I wanted to bring the country to them,” said Lauren Coomes, Estes teacher.

 

Students and staff have been planting seeds in pots and cups in their classrooms.  Those seeds have sprouted and were ready to be moved to the garden behind the school.  Students planted several vegetables and fruits like banana peppers, asparagus, cabbage, tomatoes and melons just to name a few. 

 

“I can’t wait to get the seedling in the ground and watch what I’ve created grow.  I hope it tastes good,” said Wesley Prude, Estes student.

 

All students have learned about agriculture through their classroom science curriculum.  Teachers say being able to turn that curriculum into hands-on learning makes the knowledge stick with the students.

 

“It’s one thing to talk about plants and the importance of eating your fruits and vegetables.  It’s a completely different experience when you’re actually growing and harvesting your food,” said Coomes.

 

Depending on how the crops pan out, students and staff are hoping to be able to eat some of the food in the cafeteria and maybe even sell some of it at the farmer’s market.

 



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