The Lincoln Community School held its third annual Second Grade Market selling more than 30 varieties of school-grown organic vegetables, flower and herb seedlings, while netting over $1,700-twice as much as last year-to support the LCS School Garden.
Visitors expressed admiration at the quality and quantity of the plants and the service and information provided by the 2nd grade students, each of whom was an "expert" on a specific plant. Most customers left with flats of well-established seedlings as well as student-made gift cards and beeswax candles.
The market is the culmination of a year-long exploration by the second grade of the question, "How are we connected to our food?" According to second grade teacher, Justin May, "the school garden is an invaluable learning tool for this process. More than just a garden, it is a means to connect students to their food, community, environment and curriculum in a hands-on, memorable way."
Robert Fuller, local restaurateur and Lincoln resident, attended the market . Fuller said, "Getting kids excited about growing and learning about food at this age will impact the decisions they make the future. This [learning] gets right to the core of who we are and how we should live on this earth."
Community support has played an important role in developing the potential of the LCS garden. The greenhouse was purchased three years ago through the generous donations of Lincoln residents and businesses. Each year local organic food growers host the second grade class to be interviewed and teach about their own operations.
For more information about the Lincoln Community School Garden and annual Second Grade Market, call Jennifer Oldham at 453-6746.