I have recently become involved with Slow Food Temecula Valley and at their last board meeting board member Theresa Bolton invited me to attend what she calls “The Corn Patch Project.” 6th, 7th and 8th graders from Van Avery Prep Middle School came to Principal Angela Peña’s home to plant ten 40′ rows of 66 day bi-color sweet corn. When the corn is harvested in early November, there will be a corn roast, giving students an opportunity to compare the taste of fresh corn to store bought, frozen or canned corn.
Approximately 20 students were involved in the planting on August 10th. The plants are now 4 – 5″ tall. This fall, students will have a chance to participate in a class called “What’s On Your Plate?”, learning about food, food processing, nutrition, tasting, cooking and gardening. This project is in addition to the newly planted school garden. The aim is to give the students a chance to join together in a common project; planting, raising, maintaining, harvesting and roasting a piece of Americana.