How’s It Growing?

July Garden Update

Yes folks, the summer crops are in full swing! Last month the garden exploded with fresh produce. With all the rain we’ve been getting, the fruits and veggies are flourishing! Check out what’s been growing in July…

Hamilton-SOTA I Garden


The ten raised beds are overflowing with produce in our garden at Hamilton-SOTA I Elementary School. Our cucumbers are doing very well right now along with the green beans, swiss chard, and kale. We still have plenty of herbs such as basil, parley, and oregano. The snow peas finished up mid-month and the lettuce has gone to seed.

Now that school is back in session, the cafeteria has been taking advantage of all the fresh produce. Lettuce, kale, swill chard, and cucumber are often featured on the salad bar during lunch.

State Road Garden

State Road Produce


We’re starting to see some pretty colors over at State Road Elementary! In the hoop house our tomatoes are just starting to turn red and the melons are the size of softballs. We also have some small peppers that are growing longer by the day. The swiss chard and kale are continuing to produce and the cabbages will be ready to harvest in the next couple weeks.

Outside in the permaculture garden the little raspberry bushes are producing their first ever berries. The six raised beds are full of snow peas and kale. The cucumber plants are just starting to produce. Paired with some fresh dill, the cucumbers will make delicious refrigerator pickles!

This next month, we are looking forward a bountiful summer harvest of tomatoes, cucumbers, peppers, and so much more! We recently planted our fall crops, so we will have fresh fruits and veggies rolling in even after summer is over.

Stay tuned for more garden updates in the following months!

Fall Festival on the Farm

The date has been set! Our annual Fall Festival will take place on Saturday, September 24, 2016 from 2:00-7:00pm at Deep Roots Community Farm. Join us for an afternoon of live music, children’s activities, cooking demonstrations, and much more. We will also be celebrating the end of summer harvest by sharing a dinner made with fresh produce from local farmers.


This year, The Franke Foundation has generously offered to double all profit made on the silent auction up to $4,000! This money will go toward upkeep of the school gardens and educational programming throughout the year.

To find more information on how to get involved click below.

Fall Fest

Thank You

Thank you Mayo Clinic Health System – Franciscan Healthcare for your corporate sponsorship which allows us to connect more children to healthy food and nature.