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Cold Weather Crops

If anyone is still looking for some cold-weather crops to put in the ground this fall, I was at Cedar Grove nursery this morning and they have some starts available.

They even gave me a “school garden” discount!  SE

Collards, Swiss Chard, Escarole, Arugula

Collards, Swiss Chard, Escarole, Arugula

Potatoes at Bradford School

In June 2013 all third grade classes at Bradford had the opportunity to plant potatoes in our grow bags.

potato grow bags

This fall, as fourth graders, they were able to harvest the potatoes. Our harvesting method is to dump the contents of a bag into a wheelbarrow for easier tool-free picking.

Bradford 4th grade students harvest potatoes that they planted in June.

Bradford 4th grade students harvest potatoes that they planted in June.

They also weighed each potato to practice their measuring and conversion skills — how many ounces are in one pound? Our biggest potato weighed 2.5 ounces.

Potatoes on scale


Best of all, during Farm to School week the potatoes were roasted with olive oil and salt and served to the students as a snack during lunch.  Yum!!

Bradford potatoes


If you are astutely wondering if 4 pounds 2 ounces of potatoes was enough for 75 children to sample, we did supplement with an additional 2 pounds of potatoes from a local organic farmer.

Farm To School Month News

From the Director’s Desk

There’s still time left in October to celebrate National Farm to School Month! If you’ve hosted a taste test using local produce or veggies grown in your school garden, or if you’ve had a farmer visit, or if you’ve featured locally grown produce in school meals and highlighted where they came from, then please click here and have these New Jersey events COUNTED on the National Farm to School Network’s “Farm to School Counts” web link!!

Recipe contests, special lessons around what grows in New Jersey and even the simple step of planting seeds now to utilize in the classroom later are all farm to school related efforts that connect children to hands-on, experiential education.

And it isn’t too late to find some seasonal produce. We’ve had a banner apple season this year so ask your distributor if they can get their hands on some locally grown varieties. If they need help finding a source, we’re here to help. Email us at to find out more.

Beth Feehan, Director