Soups on at Sunnyside
Last week, students at Sunnyside Elementary enjoyed the fruits of their labour in the form of a squash soup which was prepared with squash from the Stanstead Community Garden. Students from both Sunnyside and Jardins-des-Frontieres school started seeds and grew seedlings for the garden last spring and, now that it’s harvest time, some of the teachers at Sunnyside, along with their students, will be taking turns cooking big batches of soup for the whole school weekly.
“The Community Garden was very successful; we grew a lot of food. There wasn’t much weeding to do in the boxes but the field was a bit of a tackle, but the weeds didn’t win!” said Helene Hamel, one of the initiators of the project. “We had lots of squash, some corn, cucumbers, beans and some nice herbs. I think it was a great start. We also have eighteen beautiful pumpkins that we’ll share between the two schools and the Manoir Stanstead.”
Besides the help from the local elementary students in the spring, the garden was main- tained during the summer by several residents of the Manoir Stanstead, Stanstead College students, and a regular group of Stanstead residents. “Both of the elementary schools have expressed an interest in continuing this project next year,” commented Ms. Hamel. By then, not only their gardening skills will have improved, but their cooking skills as well!
Principal Steve Weary was happy to get a bowl of squash soup from student Madison Tilton. Also seen in the photo are (Front left to right) Bryanna Smith-Rodrigue, Heyden Waid, Nathan Dubois, Derek Wood, Dray Benoit, Dylan Dubois, Treydenn Elliott, (Back left to right) Katrina Beaudin, Brook Chase-Rheault, Ryan Goyette, Shawn RoyWashburn, teachers Rachel Bury and Colette Roy.