• 59°

Class gives Millbridge Elementary students a taste of gardening

By Jessica Resor

Cooperative Extension

SALISBURY — Before school gets out for the summer, students at Millbridge Elementary School enjoyed their last lesson of the year in the garden.

Judy Peacock’s pre-kindergarten class and Whitney Lannon’s second-grade class went outside to harvest what they had grown this season. In all, the students got to harvest two kinds of lettuce, carrots, radishes and peas. Also planted in the garden were strawberries and potatoes.

The students weeded the garden’s raised beds and composted the leftover plant material. They were able to look at the butterfly garden and milkweed meant to attract pollinators. The students also got to plant a sunflower seed that will sprout and flower later in the summer. After all of the hard work in the soil, the students went inside to taste their produce.

Danelle Cutting, local foods agent with Rowan County Cooperative Extension, led this hands-on lesson in the garden. Jessica Resor, a summer intern for Cooperative Extension, helped Cutting. In total, 35 students took part in the last garden class.

The goal of this educational series is to educate and to expose the students to gardening and fruits and vegetables that they may not have tried before. Many of the students had never eaten peas in a pod. It was a new, exciting experience for them. Summer is a good time for the students to take what they learned home to their parents and perhaps begin growing fruits, vegetables, or flowers of their own.

The second-graders took iPads to their classroom to write in garden journals about the day’s events, an activity they have been doing all season. The students would log their favorite part of the lesson and what they learned.

“My favorite thing of the year was going to the garden and picking plants and taking pictures of plants, trying food, learning about bugs, and trying honey,” said Lucas Watts, a student in Lannon’s class. “I liked planting flowers and carrots and all of that stuff.”

Brynna Raney, also in Lannon’s class, said his favorite part was that “we ate part of a radish. Lettuce was great and awesome. We just had a great time with Mrs. Cutting and Jessica.“

 

Resor is an intern with Rowan County Cooperative Extension.

Comments

Elections

Requests for absentee ballots top 9,000 in Rowan

Local

Spencer approves supplemental USDA loan for Park Plaza project

Business

11 locals will make up Empire Redevelopment Task Force

Local

New finance director excited to prove himself, continue on path set by predecessor

Coronavirus

County health officials report four new COVID-19 deaths

Elections

Trump promotes health care ‘vision’ at stop in Charlotte but gaps remain

Crime

Blotter: Woman charged with stealing mom’s dog

Business

Rowan County hires Howden as new finance director

Local

Exhibit about Jim Crow-era travel on display at NC Transportation Museum

Elections

GOP elections board members resign over absentee settlement

Crime

Drive-by shooting injures 24-year-old Salisbury man

Crime

Highway Patrol: Vehicle fled after striking, killing pedestrian on Camp Road

Local

Locals to be inducted into NC Military Veterans Hall of Fame

Business

Fall fun, with a twist: Patterson Farm adjusts to guidelines, offers new version of traditional events

Nation/World

Sayers, Piccolo friendship lives on in ‘Brian’s Song’

Education

Partners in learning passes last year’s special needs fashion show fundraiser with all-virtual event

Education

Shoutouts

Elections

Former history teacher to use ‘working knowledge of the issues’ in state House race

Business

Chamber adds more than 50 new businesses during Total Resource Campaign

Education

School board candidates for Salisbury seat split on consolidation

Education

Virtually no internet: Rural NC families struggle with online access for school-age children

Education

Horizons Unlimited taking learning to students this semester

Nation/World

NTSB: Pilot’s actions likely caused Earnhardt Jr. plane crash

Nation/World

2 Louisville officers shot amid Breonna Taylor protests