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.
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.”