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What’s happening at Tower Street School Community Center

Grow and Go Seek Garden Receives Organic Farm Designation
 

Officially named and started in 2012 by afterschool students, the Grow and Go Seek Garden provides a place for learning, physical activity, and connecting to the land.  This interactive and exploratory classroom, shared by the Westerly community, is a haven for delicious food that is as healthy for us as it is for the land.  The overarching theme of healthy and sustainable living led us down a new path during the winter of 2016 when we decided to apply for organic certification.  From the beginning, we had been following National Organic Program (NOP) Standards but never dreamed that a small school garden could pass the challenging application and certification process.  Ayers Foundation and Hillandale Farm encouraged and supported the application process and helped guide us on the journey.   As Matt Greene, Environmental Scientist from Rhode Island DEM Division of Agriculture, communicated issues of noncompliance our “hands in the dirt team” addressed each issue.   Our final inspection took place on August 18 (my birthday!) and on October 14 we were notified we had passed.  

 

What does this mean moving forward? The work on a farm never ends - it ebbs and flows with the seasons but never takes time off.   NOP Standards require that organic farm plans must be followed and re-certified each year.  For our students, this mean fall-winter tasks  of planting cover crops,  soil testing, sourcing organic seeds, upkeep on tools and garden sheds , planning crop rotation and re-examining weed management and pest control.  

 

The most exciting part will be next spring when we begin to tag the produce we eat and donate with the official organically grown in RI sticker.  

 

Organic or conventionally grown, “creating a real-world connection to food and farming is the best way to re-connect each of us to our bodies, good health and the environment”.

                                                        Max & Uli Hence, Ayers Foundation

 
Joan Serra, Tower Street School Community Center
 
 
Westerly Parent Academy
The Parent Academy is excited about all the new and exciting course offerings this fall.  The new catalog is now available for pick up at the Community Center or by CLICKING HERE.  We hope to see you soon.
Spring Has Sprung!
Community Information

THE SUPPER TABLE HAS RELOCATED EFFECTIVE OCTOBER 8th, 2015.
Families are invited every
Thursday from 4:30 – 6:00 p.m. for a  complimentary supper served at the Calabrese Club at 28 Pleasant Street.   Our chefs prepare wonderful meals, served to you in a friendly air conditioned dining environment. All ages welcome!

FREE shuttle service available from Bowling Lane, Bradford
The Supper Table is a non-profit organization.

Parent Toolkit
Take a moment and review this parent  resource.  It is a comprehensive parent resource and includes: academic; health and wellness; and social and emotional learning resources.     It is  produced by NBC News Education and sponsored by Pearson.   The link is here.
 
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