There's a new garden growing in the courtyard at Rochester's East Upper and Lower Schools. Culinary students there will now get a chance to experience the school's first-ever teaching garden.
The more than 2,000 square foot garden contains vegetables, fruits, flowers and herbs that East students will care for and harvest. The teaching garden is focused on helping kids learn more about good eating habits, team building and responsibility.
East's culinary program teaches kids about restaurant menu development, management and day-to-day operations.
"It's a first time for me actually. I have never been a part of something like this, so it is a new experience. I will keep it with me the rest of my life. I cannot wait to actually start seeing how the food comes out and what we can actually do with it. This is really fun," said Ayanna Williams student.
Food from the garden will be used in the future RYCE restaurant located in the Village Gate that will be operated by East's culinary students.