sarasota organic gardenThe students picked broccoli, green beans, cucumbers, carrots and fennel, and immediately washed it and placed the produce on the All Faiths Food Bank “Sprout” truck, a mobile farmer’s market serving families in Sarasota and DeSoto counties.

The students have harvested and donated their organic vegetables to the food bank several times a year since 2010, when the garden, sponsored by Ed “Papa” and Betty “Mimi” Rosenthal, first started at the school. The Rosenthals were inspired to start the garden after visiting schools in Israel where students grew and harvested their own vegetables.

“It’s become a real outdoor classroom for the kids,” Ed Rosenthal said. “The produce is pesticide free, so the kids can eat it straight off the vine— and they do.”

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