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Hamburg Middle School grows organic produce in its culinary classroom

Posted at 6:05 PM, Feb 14, 2020

HAMBURG, N.Y. (WKBW) — The Hamburg central school district is using Hamburg Middle School's 8th grade culinary class as the pilot for the districts first four tier organic grow rack. The rack is a staple in the new culinary class, and is used for produce and spices like lettuce, basil, and sun flower seeds.

"We are so excited to have it," Culinary teacher Sheri Gund said.

The rack was donated by Gina and Gary of Produce Peddlers and installed by Farmer Brendan Monaco of Goodman Farms in January. Bringing the grow rack into the classroom has created a seed to table experience for students. They are able to plant the seeds, see it grow and then use it in recipes.

"It feels nice because you know what you're eating. You know where it came from," student Jacob Andrew said.

But, the produce do not stay in the confounds of the classroom, they will also be used in school lunch.

"Not only are the students getting healthier, nicer lunches, but we're also working with our local farmers and helping the local economy," food service director at hamburg central school district Anne Rich said.

It will also teach kids the importance of nutrition, knowing where ones food comes from and food safety.