During the last two weeks of September, the Estes Park Elementary School Garden Club was proud to share their bounty with the Elementary School kitchen and the rest of their friends at lunchtime. The kitchen staff cleaned, prepared, and served up lettuce and carrots grown in the Community Garden plot by the garden club students. They also brightened the cafeteria with beautiful wildflower bouquets they grew.
The EPES Garden Club is made up of 3rd, 4th and 5th Grade students, and is sponsored by 3rd grade teacher, Erinn Wharton. They meet every Wednesday during the fall from 3:40 to 4:40 pm. During the summer months, the Boys and Girls Club of Estes Park tends to the garden plots on behalf of the club.
A big thanks to Ms. Wharton and her club members for sharing their harvest with the rest of the school, and demonstrating "farm to table" practices for all to see. Being able to share the finished product and knowing the care and steps taken to be able to provide food during lunchtime as a result of the hard work, was a very rewarding experience for the club members. Experiences like this help to grow strong morals in children, and pride of ownership in the things they can accomplish when they commit to something they are interested in. Keep up the good work!