Fourth graders in Tiffany Surface’s class at Methow Valley Elementary ran their own student farmers market at the Classroom in Bloom garden on Thursday. Students displayed and labeled produce with cards that they had made, weighed squash, onions, kale, cabbage and tomatoes, calculated costs based on price per pound or item, took payment from customers in the form of play money, and made change. The students also recommended recipes for the produce they sold, hand-printed on cards that customers could take home.
Ten visiting Western Washington University students, currently in residency at North Cascades Institute on Diablo Lake, toured Classroom in Bloom the same day and shopped at the farmers market. The master’s in environmental education students were pleased to witness “place-based environmental education in action,” according to student Liz Blackman.