School rooftop garden harvest feeds neighborhood families

“Today was so rewarding. I spent the morning harvesting food from the rooftop garden at MLK School and the afternoon passing out the beautiful greens, herbs and lettuce to community members. ” Chaka Holley, OKT staff member (far left).

Early Tuesday morning, July 3, Our Kitchen Table (OKT) staff and community leadership circle members harvested food from the Martin Luther King Leadership Academy rooftop garden. Last spring, OKT worked alongside students from Mr. Andrew  Ipple’s class at MLK  to plant the food as part of OKT’s Food Diversity Project. While the students are on summer break, OKT has been allowed to maintain the garden, thanks to the support of Grand Rapids Public Schools and the school’s summer staff.

The harvest was abundant!

By 11 a.m., OKT was at another Grand Rapids Public school, Gerald R Ford Middle School, to share the food with neighborhood families. Parents picking their children up from summer school programs were invited to take collards, kale, lettuces and other fresh produce at no charge.

OKT staff will now begin to plant fall crops in the MLK rooftop garden so the students from Mr. Ipple’s class who planted the garden in the spring can also share in its abundance.

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