Success Story

Vegetable Garden Harvest

Second graders from Gulfside Elementary School, Tampa Bay, Fla., had an exhilarating day as the vegetables they planted earlier that year were finally ready to be harvested. Under the guidance Master Gardeners Carla and Bob O’Brien, students took turns digging up carrots and picking tomatoes, green beans and broccoli. Chefs Ray Benton, CCE, HAAC, and Vince Blancato, ACF Tampa Bay Culinary Association, adopted the school as part of the Chefs Move to Schools initiative a few years ago. They work with several schools around the county educating students about making good food choices. The school garden is an integral piece in introducing children to where food comes from. The chefs then turn those ingredients into healthy dishes, while teaching nutrition and kitchen safety.