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Spring Garden grows produce for St. Paul’s program

9/26/2013 - West Side Leader
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By Staff Writer

Photo courtesy of Spring Garden Waldorf School
COPLEY — Spring Garden Waldorf School and St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in West Akron have joined forces. Produce grown and harvested by students and their families at Spring Garden is donated to St. Paul’s community meal, a free sit-down dinner where all are welcome for food and fellowship, which takes place on Wednesdays. 

Spring Garden was able to donate 50 pounds of potatoes the children recently harvested for the fall meals. Spring Garden families volunteered time to harvest potatoes on a Saturday morning, shown at right.

“The longer we host the dinners, the more stories we hear; the needs of our local community are many and varied,” said Suzanne Smaltz, a volunteer at St. Paul’s. “One young woman was excited that it was a true community dinner and she didn’t feel as if she were accepting a handout. Another guest who attends regularly was absent for a few weeks, and one of her friends let our clergy know that the woman had been ill in the hospital. She had visits not only from the clergy, but from some of the members of St. Paul’s. We are happy that she has been able to return to our community meals.”

“We let the children know that their hard work is going to very good use,” said Amy Hecky, director of admissions at Spring Garden. “This helps them take pride in what they do in our gardening program, in addition to learning where their food comes from and spending time tending to nature.”

As part of their curriculum, third-graders harvested fall vegetables planted by last year’s third grade.

The current class also will plant new vegetables from seed in the spring so that the next third-grade class can harvest them in the fall of 2014.

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