Kingston, Ont. elementary school students celebrate community garden with salad party

After spending weeks cultivating a community garden, students at Truedell Public School in Kingston celebrated growing their own fruit and vegetables by turning the fruits of their labour into salad.

Students at Truedell public school in Kingston’s west end got to celebrate after months of hard work resulting in a community garden full of fruit and vegetables.

How did this group of fourth and fifth graders celebrate?

By eating the fruits of their labour.

“When I squeezed the lemon juice … it stings your eyes, that’s what I learned mostly today,” fifth-grade student Quinn Freeman said.

The students used their harvest to make a celebratory salad.

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They say the experience was a rewarding one, and very much hands-on.

“I got the seeds, I dug a bunch of the holes, planted them, spaced them out, measured everything,” Caleb Farrell said.

“It was a fun project. I found it really fun when I got to dig up the old stuff,” Russell Gough said.

The Community Foundation for Kingston and Area was a driving force behind the project, committing $15,000 in grants to help make it happen.

“It’s not necessarily just about supporting food security within our community, but also ensuring that there is good food out there for our community,” CFKA grants co-ordinator Yu Jier Kou said.

Loving Spoonful helped facilitate the whole operation from day one, working with the kids and helping to teach them about growing fresh food. As well, all the leftovers that didn’t get used in the salads will go to feed those in need through Loving Spoonful.

“They were all telling me stories about what they’re growing at home now because of this project and then, of course, they get to enjoy their delicious hard work,” Leslie Hanson of Loving Spoonful said.

“Not only did they get to learn about gardening their own healthy food, but they also got to enjoy the fruits and vegetables of their labour.”

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