Manna Project Opens with New Aim

By:  Sonceriae Armstrong, Manna Project Coordinator

We’ve been busy working with a team of dedicated community volunteers getting the Edible Lab ready for students to work on the Manna Project. We have amended the garden beds, pulled lots of weeds that sprouted up over summer, and started crops of lettuce, radishes, cauliflower, corn, sugar baby pumpkins, and pole beans.

This week we have harvested Giant, Cinderella, and Jarrahdale pumpkins that the  kindergartners planted last year.  These beautiful pumpkins are currently on display at the front office lobby.  Stop by and check out our display!

Each kindergarten and first grade class will be receiving the pumpkins at the conclusion of the display.  We also have a tree full of pomegranates that first grade students have been observing, and will be opening and tasting at the end of this month!

This academic year we have set a new goal for the Edible Lab: delivering fresh produce on a regular monthly basis to our local Manna Food Bank.  On October 6th we’ve made our first fresh produce donation for the academic year, delivering two boxes of fresh rosemary and thyme grown in the Edible Lab, as well as one box of lemons grown by parent volunteer Namrata Dutta in her own backyard.

As we enjoy and share the fruits of our labor we’d like to encourage you to bring any abundant extra fresh produce you may be growing in your own yard to the Edible Lab the first Friday of each month 8:30-9:30 to be donated to Manna along with our harvests. The Manna Project team is now meeting regularly on Friday mornings (weather permitting) from 8:30 to 9:30, with participation from students (when applicable) from 8:45 to 9:15.  We welcome all interested volunteers to join us during that time.  For more information please contact Sonceriae Armstrong at sonceriae@yahoo.com.

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