MANCHESTER >> In order to raise funds for the Manchester Elementary Middle School's Farm to School (FTS) activities, MEMS is selling Harvest of the Month Calendars for only $5. The calendar is a collaboration between Food Connects and Northshire Grows. Each month there is a beautiful illustration designed by artist and farmer Kathryn Hansis and a recipe which includes the monthly vegetable, fruit, or herb. As a bonus, the back page has a 2 for 1 coupon at Jay Peak, worth $79. The money raised will be used for FTS classroom and other activities. Thus far, $106 has been raised with the calendar fundraiser. Stop by MEMS to buy a calendar and support FTS.
Another recent fundraiser was selling pink pumpkins planted by Barb Smith's compost group and harvested by 5th grade. Fifth grade students took charge of selling the pumpkins and raised $140. Half of the money raised was donated to the Pink Pumpkin Foundation for cancer research, and the other half is being used to support the Youth Agricultural Program's efforts in educating MEMS students in the community/school garden.
The Farm to School Team applied for a $10,000 grant from the Vermont Department of Agriculture in November, but is not a recipient this year. Feedback from the grant panel indicated that MEMS was a strong contender. They also gave suggestions for an application next year. For more information about FTS at MEMS or to become a FTS volunteer, contact Carol Baringer, school nurse, at 367-1703.