Horticulture students have many talents and this year they produced a bountiful harvest of fruits and vegetables. Every summer students are given the opportunity to grow a garden in the small plot and grow boxes on the West side of the greenhouse. Even though we discuss growing vegetables in our classes, the summer garden is independent of the curriculum. Students form a garden team and plan what they will grow and take full responsibility for the care of the garden all summer and into the Fall. They often start seeds in the greenhouse in May and transfer the seedlings to the beds by June. The weeding parties begin then and by hot July and August they are diligently dividing up watering duties. August and September still have a lot of work as they harvest and then begin to clean up and prepare the beds for winter. This year they grew squash, watermelon, beets, peppers and a never-ending supply of Sungold Cherry tomatoes. After the students took what they needed for their families, the remainder of the harvest was donated to the local food bank. For some it's their first time to grow vegetables. Working with others and receiving advice from the horticulture staff, they receive a valuable education and are ready to continue growing food in their own gardens in the years to come.