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Garden to Table: Harvesting Produce and Trying New Recipes

Students at Our Lady of Mount Carmel in Asbury Park put fresh produce from their new school garden to good use by harvesting different vegetables and herbs and using them to try new healthy recipes!  After constructing their new school garden with help from Project U.S.E. staff, community members, and school volunteers earlier this year, the students harvested fresh tomatoes, peppers, cilantro, and basil.

To encourage the students to develop healthy eating habits and try out some new recipes, the Project U.S.E. staff worked with the students in their school kitchen to have them try out recipes for fresh salsa and basil pesto.  Students teamed up to prepare the fresh produce, try out new cooking and food preparation skills, and create fresh, healthy snacks to try out.  For many students, it was their first time trying freshly made salsa and/or pesto, but the reviews were very positive!  We hope you enjoy the photos of the students in action as they prepared the recipes, and their visual ratings chart with their verdicts about whether or not they liked trying out these new foods.

If you want to try your own hand at making some delicious homemade salsa and pesto, we’ve included the recipes that the students used below.

About the Grantee

Project U.S.E.

Project U.S.E. is an experiential education organization based in Newark, New Jersey with over 40 years of experience providing hands-on learning experiences for groups of all ages and backgrounds. Project U.S.E. provides diverse programming, including school and community gardening, professional development workshops, and outdoor education programs at our Wildcat Mountain Wilderness Center.