Springs’ Spring Plant Sale
A much-anticipated Springs School fund-raiser, the annual Seedlings Project plant sale, will be back tomorrow from 3:30 to 6 p.m. and on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The sale takes place in the greenhouse behind the school.
Hailey London, the school’s garden educator and greenhouse manager, has urged the public to take advantage of the opportunity.
A bounty of fruit and vegetable plants, from zucchini to watermelon, tomatoes, cantaloupes, peas, and carrots, as well as a variety of flowering plants and herbs, all lovingly grown from seeds planted by Springs students, will be for sale at the greenhouse, which can be accessed from the school entrance on Old Stone Highway. All plants are 100-percent organic and priced at $3 and up. Proceeds will benefit the Springs Seedlings Project.
The after-school gardening initiative is made possible by Project Most, a nonprofit organization that provides after-school programs at the John M. Marshall Elementary School in East Hampton and the Springs School. Following the model of the Edible Schoolyard, established by Alice Waters of the Chez Panisse restaurant in Berkeley, Calif., this “garden classroom” aims to teach students from kindergarten to eighth grade the importance of sustainable food sources and creating healthy nutritional habits for life.
Throughout the year, parents, members of the community, and farmers from EECO Farm, Balsam Farms, and other farms volunteer in the greenhouse classroom, and they all get their hands dirty in the process.
As is customary, a bake sale organized by parents will feature produce-inspired goods like zucchini bread, and there will be face painting and strawberry planting to occupy kids while parents shop.
“Supplies may be dwindling by Saturday,” cautioned Ms. London.