Students are enjoying fresh produce in their cafeteria due to the 4-acre school garden harvest. Agriculture students and volunteers shucked the Aspire Sweet Corn, a new genetic variety. Then passed it on to the Family Consumer Science Students to wash and store in the freezer. About 9,000 ears of corn were harvested during a recent 2-day session. Later, they picked 5,000 more ears bringing the total harvest to date, an amazing 14,000 ears of corn. The triple sweet varities of corn which included - Aspire and Remedy - produced one of the largest yields yet. These new genetics allow the corn to hold longer in the field and store longer, with improved insect protection. The corn yield is so great that cafeteria workers at Monticello Elementary and Walker Early Learning Center have been blanching the corn in order to preserve it and get ready for the next shipment from the school garden. Many other foods are being harvested as well, such as cantaloupe, tomatoes, cabbage, peppers, cucumbers, and much more.On Thursday, August 31st, 80 more pounds of grape tomatoes were picked, 150 pounds of slicing tomatoes, 80 pounds of cucumbers, and 325 pounds of Mars grapes. The school purchases grapes that they harvest at Garrett's Apple Barn. In addition, a ton of Gold Rush Potatoes have been harvested and will be served in the cafeterias over the next couple of months As these young people work in the garden and the nearby production kitchen, they are learning skills that they will keep for life during this experience. WCHS is very blessed and thankful for all of those who volunteered to come and help the students. Special thanks to the Wayne County Extension Service for the many hours they have put into the garden and the volunteers that helped with the harvest.
Sophomores L-R; Avery Perkins, Samuel Beckley, and Jacob Morgan shuck corn
Justin Horton's Agriculture class picks vegetables
Some of the many stalks of corn in the garden
L-R; Randall Anderson and Glen Roberts hauled the corn they picked in buckets to a shucking station
L-R; WCHS Junior Isaac Phillips and Senior Austin Bell watch Retired Farmer Roy Smith
Bro.Ronald Sartin chopping corn with the help of (L-R); Janet Munsey, Cassie Munsey, and Polly Sartin.
L-R; Devin Cooper, Noah Jones, and Conner Sexton with Sharon Denney, a volunteer
Bus driver for bus number 260, Ed Coushman (Freedom, Ritner, and Big Sinking Route) shucks corn throughout the day
L-R; Eric McCartt and Presley De-Hay brush away the silks left on the corn cobs
L-R; Whitney Lester, Jennifer Phipps, and Genece Phipps brush away silks on the corn cobbs
L-R; Kayla Vanbruggen and Faith Krammer brush away silks on the corn cobbs
L-R; Volunteers Sandy Cushman, Bonnie Jones, and Linda Roberts all help wash and clean up the corn
Seth Hart, an Extention Service Specialist places the corn in the freezer, ready to be taken to the cafeterias
Fresh fruits and vegetables are frequently served on the food lines
Senior Jacob Wright grabs corn on the cob to enjoy for lunch