The kale is sprouting, new veggies are planted, and one week into spring, Carondelet has never looked so green.
Green Team harvested just some of their thriving Red Russian Kale in order to give it away to the Carondelet Community. What started as a way to provide the cafeteria with fresh produce has sprouted into an opportunity to feed the school.
“I love hands-on things,” said Chloë de Smedt ’22. “I love the fact that people can actually see the impact of what they’re doing and really be involved with it.” Chloë has been on Green Team since her freshman year and is now the president.
The gardening team actively tends to their growing plants, pulling weeds and watering throughout the month. As produce sprouts, they start harvesting every two weeks to keep the plants healthy.
“I’ve seen it with people jump on the gardening team because they find it’s calming and they can be hands-on and focus on it,” Chloe said. Research has shown that spending time outside is good for one’s mental health, but gardening, in particular, can actually help reduce stress and boost confidence.
As we move into the spring season, next on their menu are tomatoes, carrots, zucchini, and edamame. They will also keep one planter box of kale and another will grow tea plants. These were chosen specifically because they work well in the season and these might work for the Garaventa when on-campus food sales return.
If you missed the kale giveaway, stay tuned for their next harvest.