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Raising Lettuce, Vegetables at Churchill Road

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.

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. 22

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Churchill Road environmental studies director Debra Maes helps fourth graders Ryan Campbell, Marin Heberlig, Andrew Zhou and Oliver Tu plant colonial herbs as part of their agrarian business.

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Churchill Road fifth graders Alex Chun and Ryan Dix planted lettuce seeds with the assistance of Robert Timke, one of their fifth grade teachers.

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.