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September 20, 2013

A is apple, H is for harvest

Gloucester schoolchildren grow their own food

Second-grader Emily Elliott dropped an apple into a cider press Wednesday during Harvest Day at West Parish Elementary School in Gloucester, and watched as a classmate spun the mechanism to crush the apple and the cider dripped into a container.

It was just of one of the Harvest Days hosted by city schools this week.

The pupils at West Parish harvested the vegetables they planted in spring, and cared for with the help of volunteers over the summer. Some of the food grown will be used in the school’s cafeteria, while the surplus was headed for The Open Door’s food pantry, which services Cape Ann, according to teacher Regina Sargent.

James Harrison of Gloucester, North Shore director of The Food Project, brought a cider press to the school and invited the children to help operate it.

The West Parish schoolchildren also created some garden arrangements, and drew or painted still lifes from them.

Students at all the schools received help planting, caring and harvesting from the Gloucester-based Backyard Growers program.

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