Photos: Happy Harvest at R.K. Finn Ryan Road School

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  • ​Fourth graders, from left, Simone Gorry, Victoria Kulwich, Jenny Denley and Talia Garretson (just out of frame) shell ears of corn to make popcorn during the Harvest Celebration. STAFF PHOTO/KEVIN GUTTING

  • R.K. Finn Ryan Road School third grader Emma Casella cradles a handful of warm popcorn. —STAFF PHOTO/KEVIN GUTTING

  • Fourth grader Abdiel Diaz tries a chip with bean dip made with beans he and his classmates planted last year. At right is garden educator Hope Guardernier of School Sprouts. —STAFF PHOTO/KEVIN GUTTING

  • Third grader Ella Dunphy strips corn cobs of their kernels to make popcorn. At right is guest teacher Kristen Wallace. —STAFF PHOTO/KEVIN GUTTING

  • R.K. Finn Ryan Road School third grader Ella Dunphy strips kernels from a corn cob to make popcorn. —STAFF PHOTO/KEVIN GUTTING

  • Greta Lepore, right, enjoys a handful of warm popcorn while behind her fellow third grader Emma Casella has an apple slice from Apex Orchards in Shelburne. —STAFF PHOTO/KEVIN GUTTING

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Published: 11/18/2019 8:56:34 AM

FLORENCE – Students at R.K. Finn Ryan Road School held their first Harvest Celebration on Friday, with each class taking a short visit to the gardens they've tended over the last year. There was nothing much to see in the plots themselves, which had been put to bed, but several tables around the garden were filled with the “fruits” of the students’ labors. One of the most popular tables featured ears of popcorn which the students shelled and then cooked right on the spot in a popcorn popper. Instant gratification, all in the name of Outdoor Science Education. The school’s garden and celebration were a collaboration with School Sprouts Educational Gardens and Grow Food Northampton, which provided other locally grown goodies during the afternoon, and support from the Northampton Education Foundation. 

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