Fall Fun!

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The students at La Honda Elementary have been working together and with local farmers to support others and their school garden.

This Lompoc school hosts an annual Turkey Trot before Fall Break and three students from each grade win a turkey, a large bag of potatoes or a pumpkin pie as a reward for running the fastest among their peers.

This year, with the help of the School Gardens program, Mrs. McLaren’s 6th graders hosted a mini-market booth featuring a beautiful display of kale, chard, cilantro, braising greens mix, winter squash, corn, eggplant, apples and strawberry plants, amongst other things.

All of the produce at the booth was available for a suggested donation.  The students raised $95 to support La Honda’s school garden!

The students also planned a pumpkin stand; they wrote appeal letters requesting support and pumpkin donations, advertised the fundraiser, and measured and priced the pumpkins for sale.

On the first day of the pumpkin fundraiser, students from all grades swarmed the booth to check out and pick from the selection of pumpkins. It turned out to be an amazing opportunity to illustrate the value of working together to support others in need.  We sold over 35 pumpkins and raised over $100!

Thank you to SLO Creek Farms, Sunny Acres Farm and Cal Poly for their support of our projects!  We are changing our perception of food, where it comes from, and why we need it to be healthy and available to all.

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