Cornell Brings the Farm to Class

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In recognition of Agricultural Literacy Week, Birch School welcomed Patricia Voll, master gardener and volunteer from Cornell Cooperative Extension of Nassau County to speak to second-graders about how the soil and environment are used to grow healthy vegetables. Voll brought different types of vegetables that are grown at Cornell’s horticulture center and farm in East Meadow. She also gave students insight into farming and how the vegetables grown through the cooperative are prepared for local markets and even donated to food banks. 

Students will put their knowledge to good use this spring as they plant seeds to grow vegetables of their own in the school garden. Birch teacher Mindy Seltzber arranged Voll’s visit to the second-grade classes.