Seeds of the Future Sale

A beloved Springs School fund-raiser, the annual Seedlings Project Plant Sale, will be back on Saturday, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. 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 grown from seeds planted by Springs students, will be on sale at the greenhouse, which can be found behind the school. All plants are 100 percent organic and are priced between $3 and $6. Proceeds will benefit the Springs Seedlings Project.

The greenhouse is the epicenter of the project, which is part of Project Most’s after-school gardening initiative. 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 tapping into sustainable food sources, even on a small scale.

Throughout the year, parents, members of the community, and farmers from EECO Farm, Balsam Farms, and other farms volunteer at the outdoor learning space, helping to oversee the plantings and providing technical assistance to the future green thumbs.

Hailey London, the Springs School’s garden educator and greenhouse manager, said, “The sale is not as much a money-maker as it is about giving kids hands-on gardening experience, and for the community to come see what a beautiful job they do.”

There will also be a bake sale this year, organized by parents, featuring produce-inspired goods including zucchini bread, banana loaf, strawberry muffins, and lots more.