Grantee Blog

This Is the Dawning of the Age of Asparagus

This past spring, students from Sacred Heart Montessori school travelled outside to CFET’s urban garden to learn how asparagus grows. The class visited the asparagus patch planted in Eve’s Garden and observed what an asparagus plant looks like and how to harvest it. Students engaged in sensory description activities, passing around asparagus stalks and describing how it looked, felt, and smelled. The class then went inside and each student had the opportunity to snap an asparagus stalk in half.  They helped prepare the asparagus in olive oil, salt, and pepper and baked it for 20 minutes. Reactions to the asparagus were very positive. The majority of students ate all the asparagus and many asked for seconds.

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Center for Environmental Transformation (CFET)

The Center for Environmental Transformation (CFET) manages 3 gardens in Camden. CFET has an innovative youth program that uses urban agriculture to develop young people’s skills and teaches healthy eating. We host service learning retreats focused on the environment and food justice.