Indian Springs offering fresh produce to the community

By NATHAN HOWELL | Special to the Reporter

PELHAM – Fertile Minds Learning Garden, a resource typically used at Indian Springs School during the school year to teach students about gardening, is now offering fresh produce to the community through its farm stand.

The garden and farm stand is being tended to and operated by teacher Bob Pollard.

Pollard is working largely independently in the garden this summer because the campus is closed to the public due to the pandemic. He is harvesting the produce for sale at the Indian Springs farm stand.

Typically throughout the year the garden is used to teach ninth grade biology students the valuable skill of gardening. Students work in groups to cultivate their own organic garden plots.

Which according to the Fertile Minds Learning Garden is “exercising our motto ‘Learning through Living’ by applying their knowledge from the classroom to a hands-on project.”

Due to school cancellation and concerns relating to COVID-19, Pollard is using his hard work to offer this great resource to the community for a reasonable price.

The farm stand is currently offering items such as: “yellow squash, zucchini, green beans, red Russian kale, collards, green cabbage, lacinato kale, banana peppers, basil, eggs, Patty Pan squash, dragon tongue beans, rosemary, garlic, heirloom tomatoes, green bell peppers and purple bell peppers.”

All orders must be placed online with a credit card between Monday and Thursday at 9 p.m. The orders will be available for pickup between noon and 6 p.m. on that Friday at the garden. The orders will be loaded directly into customers’ cars.

To place an order or get more information about the Fertile Minds Learning Garden you can visit Indiansprings.org/student-life/garden.