Story by Janmarie Foschini
The Greenwood Lake Middle School celebrated Earth Day on Fri., Apr. 20 as students and staff gathered for the ground breaking ceremony for the new school garden. Superintendent Dr. Steven Cohen, Principal Jeffrey Golubchick and Cook/Manager Lisa Warren each had the honor of digging a hole with a golden shovel.
“We are so excited about the idea of growing items in the garden that we can serve in our café,” said Principal Jeffrey Golubchick.
The garden, which is located on school grounds, is a wonderful concept that will allow homegrown vegetables to be used in the school cafeteria. The plan is to begin growing vegetable in August and serve them in September as the students start the new school year.
Principal Golubchick has been working closely with a team of staff members since the fall to plan this garden. They visited the Greenwood Lake Garden Center, collaborated ideas within their team and put their plan to work.
The garden will contain a wide variety of vegetables and herbs, including – corn, potatoes, lettuce, spinach, garlic, and dill. The cafeteria will serve fresh salads and use all of the homegrown items in their recipes.
Perennials and annuals will also be planted throughout the garden. Principal Golubchick hopes to start a Gardening Committee to oversee maintenance of the garden.