SARASOTA, FL – Goldie Feldman Academy students recently handed over heads of Romaine lettuce to Brad Tanner, senior school programs coordinator at Mote Marine Laboratory & Aquarium. GFA is part of a Mote pilot program called “From Farm to Feed,” through which after school and/or agriculture programs at three Sarasota schools to grow organic food for various aquarium animals.
On November 24, Tanner picked up 10-12 heads of Romaine lettuce grown in GFA’s Papa Ed and Mimi Rosenthal Organic Kibbutz Sustainability Garden and Outdoor Classroom from students and horticulture instructor Andrew Noune. That same day, some of the lettuce was provided to the turtle hospital to be fed to sick or injured sea turtles, and some to the aquarium, where it was fed to fish and invertebrates.
“Our students are fortunate to have the opportunities afforded us through the organic garden – they help to grow food from seeds to table for their own lunches, for those in need, and now for animals at Mote,” GFA head of school Dan Ceaser said. “Tikkun olam – repairing the world – is part of GFA’s mission; in addition to being provided with a strong academic setting, our students are taught to value and protect the environment.”
Through the agriculture curriculum at GFA, students learn, explore and contribute to a cleaner, greener Sarasota. Food grown in the garden is used in school meals and has also fed clients of organizations including EveryDay Blessings and All Faiths Food Bank.
About Goldie Feldman Academy:
Goldie Feldman Academy (GFA), which serves students in preschool through eighth grade, is a Hershorin Schiff Community School. The mission of GFA is to prepare students of all faiths to impact the world through academic excellence, global citizenship and compassionate action. GFA offers a rigorous, project-based academic program in a diverse and vibrant learning environment rooted in the Jewish values of honesty, integrity, mutual trust and respect. For more information, visit the website at gfasarasota.org or call (941) 552-2770.