The Produce Project helps prepare Troy High School students for life
Hannah Savio, middle, a farmer from Capital District Community Gardens, shows students Taliah Tillman, 16, left, and Denise Delvalle, 17, both of Troy, how to harvest Claytonia or Miner’s Lettuce as they work in the Produce Project urban farm in Troy, N.Y. Photo by Lori Van Buren.
On the farm, lessons learned
By Kristen V. Brown
December 11, 2012
TROY — Some lessons are for the classroom; others are best learned in less conventional ways.
At the Produce Project, a year-round organic urban farm on Eighth Street just south of Hoosick Street, Troy High School students till the earth and tend crops. They take their bounty to market and learn to sensibly plan future harvests — what, exactly, might they grow that also makes the most business sense?
Through all this, students learn the best methods for planting carrots, cabbage and kale. They also learn the value of healthy eating, business skills and how to behave appropriately in a work environment.
“It’s about much more than gardening,” said Amy Klein, executive director of Capital District Community Gardens, which founded the program in 2009.