A community effort has helped children feed the hungry from their garden. Fifth graders at the Goldie Feldman Academy organic garden in Sarasota proudly harvested kale, green beans, cucumbers, carrots, broccoli, and fennel. They placed it on a truck for the All Faiths Food Bank, a mobile farmer’s market that helps with food distribution. This harvest was headed for a produce distribution at St. Nathaniel’s Episcopal Church.
The garden was started in 2010, at the same time that Ed “Papa” and Betty “Mimi” Rosenthal started it after visiting schools in Israel where students produced their own vegetables.
“It’s become a real outdoor classroom for the kids,” Ed Rosenthal said. “The produce is pesticide free, so the kids can eat it straight off the vine— and they do.”
“It feels really good to give someone else the produce we grew,” said fourth-grader Caroline Caeser. “It’s good to know it’s going to a good purpose.”