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Full Circle, From Greenhouse to Tables


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 is associate managing editor and reporter, covering Byron Center, Kentwood, Wyoming and Grand Rapids Community College. She was one of the original SNN staff writers, helping launch the site in 2013 and enjoys fulfilling the mission of sharing the stories of public education. She 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, On-the-Town Magazine and Group Tour Media. Read Erin's full bio or email Erin.

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