Full Circle, From Greenhouse to Tables

Lee students maintain gardens over the summe (cr, Deb Truszkowski)

Community members got fresh treats recently when visiting the Feeding America West Michigan Food Bank truck: just-picked vegetables and herbs from the Lee Middle & High School greenhouse.

Several students worked to keep plants in raised-bed gardens and greenhouse flourishing all summer by watering, weeding and harvesting, said science teacher Deb Truszkowski as she picked and bagged cherry tomatoes while the food truck line began to form.

Lee High School science teacher Deb Truszkowski plucks cherry tomatoes
Lee High School science teacher Deb Truszkowski plucks cherry tomatoes

Students in Truszkowski’s high school botany class planted the produce last spring, letting tomatoes, beans, cucumbers, peppers, kale, broccoli, cauliflower and other herbs and vegetables take root.

The end goal was to bring food to the low-income community. “This is the first time we’ve had something large enough to give away,” Truszkowski said. “I’m so excited. It makes me so happy to see it come full circle.”

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Erin Albanese
Erin Albanese has worked as a journalist in the Grand Rapids area since 2000. A graduate of Central Michigan University, she has written for The Grand Rapids Press, Advance Newspapers and On-the-Town Magazine. Besides covering the many exciting facets of K-12 public education for School News Network, she writes freelance for the travel industry. Read Erin's full bio

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