As part of a PTA-sponsored program, Westhampton Beach Elementary School students are once again growing and tasting winter greens in the school’s greenhouse.
Each month, farm educator Renato Stafford, owner of Homegrown, visits the school’s greenhouse to teach students about composting, succession planting and the variety of cold weather greens that can be grown in a greenhouse without heat.
Students also have the opportunity to try greens that they harvest in the greenhouse, including spinach and arugula. They recently planted garlic, which they will harvest in June.
“My goal is to teach students to become food advocates and have them try new things and change their eating habits at home,” said Stafford.
In the spring, students will learn more about warm weather veggies and plant a variety of seeds, including tomatoes.
One of the project’s goals is that all harvests from the greenhouse will be used in the school’s cafeteria.