Gardens located at Albany County schools are typically used to teach students about how plants grow. Classes and garden clubs learn about the life cycle of plants, how plants provide food, and the work needed to maintain a thriving garden. When schools were abruptly closed last spring these learning opportunities were no longer available. Instead, our school gardens were repurposed into food producers for Albany County Families.

Ms. Trish Penny from the Laramie River Conservation District along with volunteers prepared, planted, watered, weeded, and harvested the different school gardens over the summer.  Harvested vegetables were distributed to families when they picked up Grab-N-Go meals from the school district in August.

An amazing amount of produce was produced! This included:

  • 218 pounds of carrots
  • 101 pound of green beans
  • 14 pounds of tri-colored beans
  • 56 pounds of red beets
  • 7 pounds of radish
  • 47 pounds of cucumbers
  • 29 pounds of purple onions
  • 117 pounds of white onions
  • 19.5 pounds of turnips
  • 5 pounds of tomatoes

Leafy vegetables:

  • 83 bags of green leaf lettuce
  • 20 bags of Swiss Chard
  • 28 bags of kale
  • 12 bags of collard greens
  • 12 bags of turnip greens
  • 6 bags of beet greens
  • 23 bags of spinach

The Beitel garden was part of this effort! Thank you to Ms. Penny, Mrs. Greenwald, and the many volunteers who helped to feed families this summer!