How Does Your Garden Grow?

| February 13, 2017


Pictured, left to right, with staff from Human Concerns are Trinity students Peyton Bond, Leah Kelly, Madalynn Tunis and Andrew Shaver, as they deliver some of the produce grown in their garden.


Students at Trinity Catholic School in Oswego, New York, excel inside the classroom, but they are learning some valuable lessons outside, too. Last spring during Earth Week, students and faculty, under the direction of parent Kristen Kelly, were introduced to the concept of composting with the assistance of Jean Bonhotal from Cornell University’s Waste Management Institute. According to Principal Barbara Sugar, a few Trinity students who composted at home also shared their experiences. With the help of the school’s head cook, Barbara Cummings, School Custodian Mark Lyle, and the cafeteria staff, student began a pilot program to compost lunchtime leftovers. The compost was brought to the Oswego
West Side Community Garden, where Kelly secured a plot of land for Trinity to start a small crop of its own. Volunteers spent the growing season planting, weeding and watering. As the harvest was collected, students donated the fruits and vegetables to Human Concerns, a food pantry that serves the surrounding community. The project will continue this spring, as students learn not only a valuable lesson in science but an appreciation for God’s bounty and the joy of giving to others.

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