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October 21, 2014
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Honesdale students learn about gardening

Honesdale High School students pose by their garden plots with teacher Gretchen Wydeen.
TRR photo by Jane Bollinger


HONESDALE, PA — Ninth through 12th grade students in Gretchen Wydeen’s Foods & Fitness class at Honesdale High School planted a garden this spring, which they share with Gene Biscontini’s science class. The seeds, which were paid for by Penn State’s Wayne County Master Gardeners, were started indoors in baby food jars. The students planted strawberries, corn, sweet peppers, tomatoes and several herbs.

The students also learned a bit about cooking some simple dishes given their limited classroom resources—a hot plate, a microwave oven, a mini-refrigerator and a blender. The recipe everyone remembered best was a bok choy salad. Fitness, the other part of the class, involved students getting out and going for a walk whenever the weather was good, and then calculating calories burned. In the winter, they tried yoga, karate, chair aerobics and more.