Austin Road Celebrates Harvest Day

Gracie Picciano, Sophia Camastro, Monica-Lillie Jacobs take a break from harvesting the bounty. Credits: Photo courtesy of Austin Road Elementary School
Austin Road students Dominick Blanc and Michael Maiuzzo (bending) pick some veggies from the garden. Credits: Photo courtesy of Austin Road Elementary School
Julia Omboni, Emily Chin, Maria Garafalo, Ella Cyran show off some of the garden’s produce. Credits: Photo courtesy of Austin Road Elementary School

MAHOPAC, N.Y.— Spring is in full swing, and the green vegetables at Austin Road Elementary School’s garden are ready for picking.

If you peek around the side of the school building you will see a lush green garden equipped with an irrigation system, a variety of planters, a small green house section, and a variety of tools and materials to create an elaborate garden system. The garden not only provides healthy edible food, but it offers hands-on learning experiences that the students at Austin Road can apply in their own lives with family and friends.

The essence of an outdoor classroom; learning about how plants grow, the types of plants that thrive in our region, how to properly care for them and how to correctly pick each plant. Much of the operation is spearheaded by Elizabeth Dore’s students, but the entire school community gets their hands dirty, from preparing to planting to picking.

Ms. Dore and her students helped to organize our annual Harvest Week event that included picking, washing, preparing, serving and eating an delicious organic salad. They were instrumental in facilitating the entire process from planting the seeds to serving the homegrown salad for the entire school building to enjoy. Each class at Austin Road had the opportunity to participate in the harvesting process with a garden buddy from Dore’s class. The garden buddy highlighted some of the most important steps in the process, including how to correctly pick the vegetable without harming the plant. Vegetables to choose from included kale, radishes, swiss chard, spinach, red mustard, and red leaf lettuce. Oh, and we cannot forget the edible flowers for garnish! The salad was topped off with a delicious homemade salad dressing courtesy of Ms. Dore’s class. Everyone had the chance to relax on our school yard patio, enjoying salad while soaking up the sun. It was a great way to bring all of the students together at the end of the school year!

TAP Into Another Town's News:

You May Also Be Interested In

Sign Up for E-News


Facebook, Fools, Friends and Rock ‘n’ Roll

Since its inception, Facebook has been a regular target of mockery and criticism—everything from, “Do I really need to see a picture of the pastrami sandwich you had for lunch?” to “Why did you help the Russians get Donald Trump elected?”

No one likes to mock and criticize more than I do—just ask all of my former friends. And while I agree that Facebook can ...

It Was the Economy That Got Trump Elected

I am not easily shocked by much anymore. Yet, I was by last week’s column by fellow columnist Bernie Kosberg. Kosberg, whose column runs regularly in Mahopac News and sometimes in Yorktown News, said in the first paragraph: “Several readers decried my conclusion that the overwhelming support of Putnam County voters for Trump was not due to economic anxiety or the unavailability of ...

God Is Just! Schneiderman Is Out!

Whenever you doubt that God is just, remember last Monday. That is the day New York state Attorney General Eric Schneiderman resigned.

As you know, I have had him in my sights for a long time. He has squandered our tax dollars with more than 100 lawsuits against the Trump administration. Plus, his lawsuits against Big Oil and trying to nullify our double jeopardy laws. Most will go nowhere as ...

It Wasn’t About the Economy or Jobs

Soon after President Trump was “crowned” by the Electoral College in November 2016, I wrote a column about Putnam County voters that garnered some attention—both good and bad. Several readers decried my conclusion that the overwhelming support of Putnam County voters for Trump was not due to economic anxiety or the unavailability of suitable jobs, but to the overarching fear ...

BOCES… What’s in a Name?

Do you ever wonder what BOCES stands for? We associate the name with a center of learning that supplements the general curriculum of local high schools by teaching students specialized trades. Beyond that, does everyone in the non-BOCES population, those who have no direct connection to the programs, fully appreciate the priceless value it brings to our communities’ young adults and their ...

Bias in Media, in Me, in You

While listening to an interview with a voter on my car radio, I thought I had excess ear wax that obstructed my hearing. The voter (whose name is Bruce) said this about one of the qualifications that a Senate or House candidate must have to earn his vote: “I don’t want anyone with ideas. We have enough of those already.”

I’m a journalist and have been one my entire ...

Dog Allergies, Part Deux

“I have some good news and I have some bad news,” I told my husband.

“Give me the good news first.”

“OK. The vet doesn’t think the dog’s ear infections are from a food allergy after all, so we don’t have to keep feeding him that hypo-allergenic food,” I said.

“Hallelujah,” shouted my husband. He was understandably ...

Cross My Legs and Hope to Die

One morning, I had a big cup of coffee as I usually do, and then I got in the car and drove 40 minutes to a clothing store I had been curious to check out. I don’t normally drive 40 minutes to go shopping, but since I am a stay-at-home mom and everyone knows we stay-at-home moms just spend our time shopping and eating bonbons, I figured, “What the hey.”

Having had the ...

CD Release Concert - New Middle Class at Putnam Arts Council

May 23, 2018

Press Release

Contact: Mike Borok

Phone: (914) 962-0120


May 19, 2018

Putnam Arts Council Hosts CD Release Concert featuring New Middle Class, with Dan Pelletier & Wendy Cody

MAHOPAC, ny: On Saturday evening, June 16, 2018, the Putnam Arts Council will host a concert ...