Farm to School Update

Still Growing in a Quiet Spring

A normally buzzing-with-activity time of year for Farm to School, the 2020 spring season is strangely quiet. But visiting the school gardens is a reminder of the progress that’s been made in Somersworth’s Farm to School programming. 

The pollinator and garlic gardens at Somersworth Middle School continue to grow, and the baton will be passed from the dedicated 7th grade teacher who started them, Chris Asbell, to others. 

The teepee and picnic tables built by the HS/CTC Building Trades students for Idlehurst’s outdoor classroom may sit empty much of this year, but the Idlehurst FTS team is practicing social-distance gardening in order to keep things growing and hopeful. 

The Maple Wood gardens, ready as ever, have been fairy-dusted with a few seeds, and a pray-for-rain approach may yield some edible rewards in a few months.  

Our friends at the Vermont Community Garden Network have compiled a set of guidelines and resources to steer school and community garden projects through safe, social distancing measures

We don’t know how or when, but there will be a day when students can grow food together at school, eat lunch together, and play together again in a safe way. Until then, make home a fun and safe place, and try growing something at home– it’s easier than you think.

For more fun photos of Somersworth Farm to School activities, follow on Instagram @farmtosomersworthschool.  Happy summer to all.

Submitted by: Wendy Berkeley, Somersworth Farm to School Coordinator


Strafford County Master Gardeners Association, part of the University of New Hampshire Cooperative Extension, is forty+ gardeners strong, educating through gardening in Strafford County New Hampshire.
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3 Responses to Farm to School Update

  1. Nice! Especially love that teepee.

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  2. Kathy Travaglini says:

    Great job Somersworth Farm to School! Chris Asbell was the pioneer who really started this program. In Somersworth. Thank you Chris!

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  3. Oddment says:

    I loved your statement that “there will be a day.” We have to keep that in mind. Meanwhile, kids and gardens grow. Bringing them together is wonderful. Kudos to Chris Asbell and all such educators!

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