Backyard Growers has been getting into the spirit of the planting seasons with a series of events.

This week, the nonprofit continues offering Salad Days at Gloucester elementary schools. 

Every spring, students in Gloucester public schools grow salad greens from seed in their school gardens. Backyard Growers and Food Corps service members help students understand the journey their food takes from seed to plate. On Salad Days, the schoolchildren harvest the greens that they planted as seeds earlier this year and taste test the greens they’ve grown themselves. 

Harvests were already held at West Parish and Veterans Memorial schools. Children will be harvesting salad greens at Veterans Memorial on Wednesday, and Beeman on Thursday and Friday.

The group also hosted the free Gloucester Grow Fest at Burnham’s Field on Sunday. It featured hands-on, family-friendly activities to raise awareness about healthy eating, green living, and personal wellness, while celebrating the arrival of warm weather and the beginning of the growing season on Cape Ann.

Family activities included yoga, art projects, games, gardening and cooking demos, and garden tours.