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Chester Progressive, Westwood PinePress Wednesday, Nov. 1, 2017 9A Plumas Charter School kindergarten students, from left, Liam Dale, Sophia Marquez and Laureli Marchus were enchanted with pieces of Indian corn on a recent visit to Quincy's Five Foot Farm with their teacher Inge Stock, not shown, Photos submitted Friends are awesome This new "Buddy Bench" at Chester Elementary School is the result of a donation from Pizza Factory, Inc. The first buddy bench was donated to the school in October 2016. Mary Jane Riva, chief executive officer of Pizza Factory, then donated a second bench. She explained that numerous students used the bench last year, and it was severely missed this year after it was stolen during the summer break. This upgraded bench is in addition to the replacement bench and will allow students to have two available. Photo by Gregg Scott PCS student Keyarah Lane discovered the textures of corn kernels and husks when her kindergarten class took a field trip to the Five Foot Farm. A metal building is a great place to work on your toys, store cars or anything else! STAR I rn BUILDING SYSTEMS CONSTRUCTION MANAGEMENT METAL BUILDINGS to EXQUISITE HOMES COMMERCIAL and RESIDENTIAL CA CONT. LIC. #823451 METAL BUILDINGS FOR 25 YEARS , GENERAL CONTRACTOR SINCE 1974 .... 257"5141 o SUSANVILLE FARMS, from page 8A parents about what they're learning," Mrowczynski said, explaining that one key to the district's successful effort has been to invite local farmers, ranchers, teachers and community members to participate in the program. The five-year plan acknowledges the support PUSD has received in terms of contributions from Plumas County Office of Education, USDA Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, Plumas County Public Health Department, Mountain Passages and Sierra Farmstead. Additionally, there have been volunteer parents, community members, local farmers and ranchers who have provided materials and labor in establishing school gardens. Groups like Plumas Sierra Master Gardeners, Plumas Sierra 4H, Plumas Sierra Community Food Council, 20,000 Lives, Quincy Natural Foods and Feather River Cooperative have provided in-kind support that helped realize a garden in each elementary school by the beginning of the 2016-2017 school year. Mrowczynski explained that the elementary sites are set up as demonstration gardens where students can grow and harvest foods for their class and to take home, but are not expected to grow enough to sell their crops. The junior and senior high school gardens, however, will be anticipated to grow sufficient quantities to be run like a business with products to sell. He cited the Greenville High School garden, overseen by math teacher Dan Brown, as a true production garden. "Greenville has the most advanced school garden in the district," Mrowczynski said. estimate the Greenville High garden produced 2,000 lbs. of produce last year. They are very productive and Dan is really dedicated. He's done this with grants and basically on his own." Mrowczynski has his work cut out for him for the next few years. He'll be writing more grants and conducting farm-to-school meetings to update community members about the progress of school gardens in each community, seeking suggestions and support to improve students' garden experiences. Also on the list is reviewing the availability and capacity of local and regional farmers and ranches to supply grains, produce, milk, eggs and meat for PUSD cafeteria menus. Down the road, students will be involved in taste tests and recipe contests to potentially modify school menus. The district will also evaluate participation rates, waste practices and student preferences. "Our aim is to grow the program," Mrowczynski said. It's an ambitious goal and the project's success so far is tangible proof that many hands make light work. ~J Try our Burns hot, clean almost zero ash confident you'll love the results! ($5.:L8/bag) plus tax 702-340 JOHNSTONVILLE RD, SUSANVILLE F.x 257-3293