Shapleigh School has a new way to grow food for the salad bar. We are proud to be the new home to a “Tower Garden.” This vertical plant-growing tower is a simple yet high-tech system to grow plants without soil. Using water mixed with nutrients, the tower pumps this mixture which then rains down on the plants’ roots, growing food more quickly than regular gardening.
As Spring approaches on the calendar, it’s time to start thinking about the school garden. Permission slips to join the after-school garden group are now up in the school cafeteria. Meetings will be held every Tuesday beginning April 4 (skipping April vacation week) and ending June 13. Please have your student’s permission slip returned to their homeroom teacher or Mrs. Casciotti by Friday, March 31st.
Despite the rain, our third annual plant sale was held at the Kittery Community Market last Sunday. The enthusiastic Garden Group members made the event fun, and some dedicated customers helped us raise money for the program. Thanks to all the students and parents who helped make it great!
On Wesnesday, September 10, the Shapleigh School Green Team returned to Greenlaw Gardens, a Kittery family farm, to finish a project they started three months ago. Last June, a group of Green Teamers gathered at the nearby farm to plant a row of potatoes. The group was planting potatoes to be served up in Kittery schools’ cafeterias.