This past Saturday, students, staff and family members all showed up despite the rain to help raise the garden shed at Shelton Intermediate School. The shed kit was provided through a grant from the Valley Community Foundation, and it was put together through volunteer efforts.
The SIS Garden is marking its first year next month, www.siscommunitygarden.com. There are lots of things planned for the upcoming months. During Saturday’s building venture, volunteers tilled out areas for corn, strawberries and sunflowers. There are plantings and seedlings taking root in a nearby hoop house.
Parents can buy the vegetables
When club meetings start at SIS on Oct. 2, garden club members will met once a week, with a goal to harvest all crops. Once harvested, parents will have the opportunity to purchase the vegetables. All profits will go back to the program, said Headmaster Kenneth Saranich.
Other big plans for the program is to eventually be able to grow enough produce to be used in the cafeteria. Saranich said a salad bar of fresh-from-the-garden veggies is a plan. There is also thoughts of a chicken coop.
Crops entered into contests at fairs
The vegetables that have grown in the garden have been in contests. Earlier this month, the school entered five different vegetables in the Bethlehem Fair in upstate Connecticut.
Another student brought the vegetables to the Orange Country Fair. Although neither submission brought home a ribbon, there’s always next year.