Last spring, students at Gloucester’s West Parish Elementary School planted vegetables and other crops in their own garden in the school’s grounds.
Friday was the day to bring in the harvest and sample the fruits of their work. The West Parish Harvest Day found students harvesting the school’s garden, and eating the vegetables throughout the day.
The project marked the third straight year in which students learned about and realized the benefits of growing their own food, said Lara Lepionka, who serves as Backyard Growers coordinator working with the Cape Ann Farmers Market and as the West Parish Parent-Teacher Organization’s Garden Team leader.
Lepionka also noted that the students weren’t the only ones to benefit from the project.
All the food that was harvested — and not eaten on the spot — was to be donated to The Open Door food pantry and human services organization at the end of the day, Lepionka said.