Churchill Road fourth graders plant parsley to sell at their farmer’s market in June. From left: Oliver Tu, Ryan Campbell, Marin Heberlig, Amelia Rewis, Andrew Zhou, Christopher Tillotson, Riya Dev and Anjali Donnelly.
The wintry weather hasn’t interfered with Churchill Road’s four seasons environmental studies program. Taking advantage of a sunny winter day, fifth graders seeded their winter lettuces and vegetables. The seeds will germinate in the greenhouse until the soil temperatures are warm enough to transplant the seedlings to the raised beds.
With the help of the school’s environmental studies coordinator Debra Maes, Churchill Road fourth graders began their agrarian business model by seeding colonial herbs in the greenhouse. These herbs will grow during the winter months in the greenhouse. The students will harvest the herbs and create products such as lavender soaps, thyme tinctures and loofah sponges for sale at their annual farmer’s market in June.