Key’s most recent Harvest Market Day on Friday, October 26 was a tremendous success! Prior to the official opening of the market to parents, faculty and staff, Key’s first graders had the opportunity to speak with the owners of Blue Tomato Farms to learn about the sustainable horticultural practices of this environmentally friendly farm located ten miles from Key. This is one of many authentic real-world interactions that supports the students’ studies in science. The conversation with the farmers about their decision not to use pesticides, herbicides or genetically altered seeds was meaningful to the students who are currently learning about food sources.
During the community Harvest Market, the atmosphere was festive, with locally grown pumpkins, squash, sweet potatoes, red and blue kale, eggs, carrots, beets, radishes, kohlrabi (cross between turnip and cabbage), and purple Peruvian potatoes from the farm on sale in the Smith House Yard. Buying local was never such fun!