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School Gardens Helping to Feed the Community

Throughout the course of this growing season, the Newfield Community Garden Project at Newfield Central School District, under the leadership of teacher Andrew Battles, has donated over 300 pounds of fresh produce to the local food pantry to be distributed to community members in need.  This is part of a continuing effort in the district to attempt to alleviate hunger in Newfield and raise awareness in the student population about this problem.

There are currently three gardens on campus: in the high school courtyard, by the front entrance of the school, and on the former site of the swimming pool, as well as a row of fruit trees that were planted on the front lawn this past spring.  During the school year the gardens are maintained by the high school Environmental Science class and over the summer students were hired using funding through Workforce New York to plant, weed, water, and harvest crops as well as deliver them to the local Food Pantry for distribution.  Once a week master gardeners Josh Dolan and Lisa Woodruff from Cornell Cooperative Extension come in to instruct the students on proper techniques as well as nutritional benefits of the different crops being grown.   In addition to providing a service to community members in need students are learning the basic fundamentals of sustainable organic gardening and getting a hands-on application of the agricultural principles they are learning about in class.

While the growing season is coming to an end, students will be working on preparing the beds for winter and planning ways in which this work can be improved and expanded on in the spring.  If you would like to get involved or keep track of what is going on with this project you can check out the link below to the Newfield Community Garden Project facebook page.





Dr. Cheryl Thomas, Superintendent
District Office
247 Main Street
Newfield, NY 14867

Phone: (607) 564-9955
Fax: (607) 564-0055

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