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Springhurst Soup Lunch Uses Homegrown Vegetables

DOBBS FERRY, N.Y. – Students at Springhurst Elementary School finally got to enjoy the fruits of their labor on Wednesday afternoon at the third annual Harvest Day Soup Lunch.

“The classes come out here and they plant all year long,” Lisa Doty, Springhurst assistant principal, said of the vegetables outside of the school.  “It’s an outdoor classroom so it’s used for educational purposes.”

This was no small lunch either as students and volunteers had six pots of soup of the entirely vegetable-based meal.

“The parent volunteers are giving the kids a taste of what they grew,” Doty said.  “It’s become an annual event.”

With 22 vegetable beds outside the school, there was more than enough food to go around.  Ellysa Cavanaugh, who teaches English as a Second Language at Springhurst, said the organic soup was just about entirely homemade.

“We planted all the ingredients we needed for the soup,” Cavanaugh said.  “Everything in the soup besides the kidney beans was grown here.”

The annual event is something that students look forward to each year and is a project that can be worked on throughout the year, school officials said.

“We harvest everything over the summer so by the time the students get back it's all ready,” said volunteer Sara Sellitti as she poured soup into small bowls for the kids.

The soup lunch was a way for students to come together and enjoy the completion of a project they’ve all worked together on.  If the warm response to the soup was any indicator, the harvest lunch seems to be the newest tradition at Springhurst.

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