Class Notes and Photos courtesy of Tammy Carpenter

Highland Hall Gardens (HHG) Instructor, Jared Niemela, took our sixth-grade class to the Bennington County Meals on Wheels Cafe on Tuesday, October 25th.  HHG has grown, harvested, and donated almost 350 pounds of fresh vegetables to Meals on Wheels (MOW).  Students were able to see (and taste) first-hand how those vegetables are being used.  

The visit started with Executive Director Ilsa Svoboda sharing a bit of MOW’s history. Students were then put to work peeling apples for Chef Luke’s homemade apple crisp. Chef Luke is a skilled chef who is able to take donated food items and turn them into impressive daily menus. MOW serves 300 meals per day to seniors who visit the cafe or receive their meals at home via a volunteer delivery system.  

After a brief tour of the operation, the students enjoyed their choice of Sweet and Sour Pork Tenderloin or Spaghetti with Fresh Marinara and a variety of sides and desserts (including apple crisp, of course).

Pictured below is Peaceable holding an apple peel, after she won the “longest continuous peel” contest!