Last week, on a particularly hot and steamy day, our students Zach, Angelica, Max, Casey, Sam K. and Dennis, along with Mr. Petrik and Ms. Capezzuto, spent a couple of hours picking hundreds of pounds of peaches at America's Grow a Row in Pittstown, NJ, and boxing them for delivery!
This non-profit organization started in 2002 with a small plot of land and a single volunteer (Chip Paillex). After seeing a plea from the Flemington Food Pantry requesting that any gardeners donate excess produce, Chip and his daughter Kyra, who was four years old at the time, cultivated their own garden and donated about $3,000 worth, or 120 pounds, of produce that year. From these humble beginnings, America's Grow a Row has grown into an organization that has donated over 6 million pounds of produce through the active participation of more than 7,000 volunteers!
Everyone agreed that it was a great day and we are excited to partner with America’s Grow a Row again this summer!