This fall, Ferndale High School Agriculture Science students served the community through an orchard gleaning project at Kibbe Acres and Boxx Berry Farm to gather several thousand pounds of fruits and vegetables for donation.
In total, the Ferndale High School students collected 4,210 pounds of carrots, 292 pounds of apples and 1,430 pounds of pears for donation to the Bellingham Food Bank.
The Bellingham Food Bank distributes fresh fruits and vegetables in the surrounding area, including Ferndale, and supports more than 1,350 families each week in their Bellingham location alone.
The six career and technical education class periods, of approximately 180 students in total, participated in the effort.
“This is a great opportunity to be able to gather real life experiences in agriculture while giving back to the community,” vocational teacher Tony Torretta said.
Torretta’s class curriculum, in conjunction with CTE teacher Kristine Anderson’s class curriculum, includes an annual trip to Kibbe Acres and this year added a trip to Boxx Berry Farm to gather fresh vegetables. The service is part of the class experience each year during harvest season.
“Partnership with the community is an important component of our district mission and education experience for our students,” Superintendent Dr. Linda Quinn said. “Community partnerships are also an example of the way we pursue our FerndaleCARES emphasis. I am grateful for the leadership of Tony and Kristine, and the partnership to provide this student service opportunity.”