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BHS Garden update: new fence, new plants, new people involved

Here’s a press release from the Belmont High School Belmont High School Garden and Food Justice Club.

Belmont High School — Now at the close of its second summer, the Belmont High School Garden and Food Justice Club held a ribbon cutting ceremony this past Monday, August 17th, to celebrate the garden’s success and recent improvements. In attendance were members of the community that made this project possible, including students, BHS Principal Dan Richards, and community supporters.

Dedication photo

At the ribbon cutting: from left to right: Maddie Carlini (student club member), Patricia Mihelich (Belmont Food Pantry), Suzanne Johannet (Belmont Food Collaborative), Ann Pan (new club leader), Olivia Cronin (former club leader), Principal Dan Richards, Laurie Graham, Carol Oulette (BHS office staff)

The student-led club founded the High School’s first vegetable garden in the spring of 2014.  With support from The Belmont Food Collaborative, the garden is a continuation of the organization’s “Community Growing” project, with the goal of providing organically-raised produce for the local Belmont Food Pantry. Community members care for several other gardens around town. The BHS Garden is cared for by students during the school year and summer and during the non-growing season the club hosts a Winter Food Drive, as well as other projects and trips.

During its first summer, the garden’s four beds hosted tomatoes, eggplant, bush beans, broccoli and beets, with seedling donations from Belmont Acres Farms. Now in its second season, the garden received a grant from The Whole Kids Foundation to finance cedar post fencing and blueberry bushes.

Some of the produce from the BHS garden

Some of the produce from the BHS garden

Many individuals have made this possible: Thanks to Principal Dan Richards and Fred Domenici, Head of Grounds, at BHS; Mike Chase of Belmont Acres Farm for seedling donations; Joan Teebagy of the Belmont Food Collaborative for writing The Whole Kids Grant; Suzanne Johannet of the Belmont Food Collaborative for her guidance and practical support; and Michael LaPierre of ML Fencing for donating the fence-installation labor.

New fence and blueberry plants at the BHS garden

New fence and blueberry plants at the BHS garden

The student founders of the club, Olivia Cronin and Maggie O’Brien, are recent graduates, and leave the garden in the able hands of four new leaders, Ammu Dinesh, Brett Koslowsky, Alena Jaeger, and Ann Pan. The club hopes to continue expanding, increasing the BHS Community’s involvement in the garden and promoting conversation about sustainable growing and food insecurity in Belmont and beyond.

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Planning the 10th Farmers’ Market season

January is when we start thinking about the next Farmers’ Market season. It doesn’t start until June, but there’s a lot to figure out.We’ve already heard from some vendors who are interested in participating.

The Belmont Food Collaborative has many other activities, some of which run in the winter (like classes) and some in the summer (Community Growing). And don’t forget about the Pomona Project: we sell edible landscaping plants at wholesale prices.

Can you help with the Market, or other activities? We’re always looking for performers, vendors and (of course) volunteers.

And shoppers, too. Look for news about the start of the 10th season.

Belmont High School Garden starts planting

The BHS Garden and Food Justice Club have finished building a new garden at the high school. Working with the Belmont Food Collaborative it will be run by students throughout the summer and fall, providing organically raised produce for the Belmont Food Pantry. The club, new this year, hosted a Winter Food Drive at the high school and helped to lead a Global Awareness Week.

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Junior Maggie O’Brien plants bean seeds

Growing in four raised beds, the garden has started out with beets and beans, and will be adding tomatoes, eggplants and peppers. While the group is hoping to get more high schoolers involved, any interest from the Belmont community is more than welcome! If you’re looking to lend a hand in any way, you can contact the club at bhsgardenfood@gmail.com.

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Juniors Lucas Jenkins, Julia Dexter and Izzy Rich