Two students with bags of recently harvested vegetables.  

Summer Gardening in Chicago

88 students at Ole A. Thorp Elementary participating in Thorp’s Summer Funstitute program harvested pea shoots, kale, spinach, lettuce, radishes, and turnips this summer. The two students in the picture prepped the produce and every student got to make a salad the following day and taste test different salad dressings. One of the school’s administrators said, “Our kids had such a fun time with your group! Our salads were incredibly successful. We made 3 massive bowls of salad – red wine vinegar, balsamic vinegar, and ranch. The kids ate every bit of salad we prepared! The turnips were also a huge hit, with kids trying them and then asking for more.”

– Marla Guggenheimer, Garden Educator