Knowl­ton Acad­emy pump­kin smash­ing

Sherbrooke Record - - BROME COUNTY NEWS - By Steve Blake

Jen­nifer Rug­gins Muir, the co-co­or­di­na­tor of the Knowl­ton Acad­emy gar­den project, put out a no­tice to the com­mu­nity at the end of Oc­to­ber that she would re­cy­cle Hal­loween pump­kins if they dropped them off at the school. Days later there was a pile of al­most 1,500 pounds of pump­kins.

About 35 stu­dents spent an hour smash­ing pump­kins and jack-o-lanterns and putting them into the com­post bins. More than 300 pounds of sweet pump­kins and squash from Reves et Jardins’ fall pump­kin dis­play in West Brome were saved for the school’s bistro, break­fast, and cook­ing pro­grams.

It was an­other fun learn­ing ex­pe­ri­ence for the stu­dents.

Rug­gins Muir is im­pressed with the re­ac­tion of the com­mu­nity.

“For just putting some­thing up on a whim one day it’s pretty cool to see the re­sponse,” she said Fri­day.

The good thing about pump­kins is that they don’t have to be pro­cessed right away,” she said. They can even­tu­ally be used to bake breads and muffins and to make soup.

Rug­gins Muir re­gards the over­all gar­den project a suc­cess. The gar­den pro­duced 604 pounds of veg­eta­bles. Seedlings came from Plan­ta­tion Brome and Reves et Jardins do­nated 700 veg­etable plants. A lo­cal gro­cer gave the school 1,167 pounds of fresh pro­duce while an­other 942 pounds of veg­eta­bles came from the com­mu­nity.

A to­tal of 2,900 pounds of fresh fruits and veg­eta­bles were given to the school in 10 months, she said. The school pro­vided 118 pounds of gar­den pro­duce and 200 pounds of gro­cery store veg­eta­bles to needy fam­i­lies over the sum­mer.

Stu­dents used ham­mers and their feet to smash pump­kins to put them into the com­post bins

PHO­TOS COUR­TESY OF JEN­NIFER RUG­GINS MUIR

Days af­ter Knowl­ton Acad­emy gar­den project co-co­or­di­na­tor Jen­nifer Rug­gins Muir told the com­mu­nity she would com­post Hal­loween pump­kins there was a pile of jack-o-lanterns and squash be­hind the school.

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