Second Annual Fall Festival at East End Community School Garden Has Large Turnout


Libby Catania, a Special Ed Teacher, Holds up Snell Family Farm,  (Buxton+), Apples Donated for the Fall Festival This Afternoon.  Catania Has Her Own After School Program at the Hill Arts, 76 Congress Street, on the Hill as Well.  (More to Come on This Program Soon!)

The Second Annual Fall Festival was held this afternoon at the East End Community School Garden directly across from the School on North Street on Munjoy Hill.  All students between the grades Pre K through Grade 5 were invited to attend the event that ran from 2:30 pm 4:30 pm..

Today’s Fall Festival was a partnership between the school’s environmental specialist, NIcole Grace, the Parents’ Teachers Organization, and the nearby apple orchard known as Mount Joy Community Orchard.

Students were invited to eat apples donated from Snell Family Farm, Buxton.   Apples donated by Snell included Honey Crisp, Macs and Granny Smiths – all available to students, school staff and parents who were attending the outside event.

For those who prefer cider, a cider press was operated by a parent of one of the East End students, Jess. Apples used in the cider press were picked from the adjacent Mount Joy Community Orchard – an orchard that was started by Jeff Tarling, retired city arborist, Back in 2014 when Jeff planted twelve apple trees at the Mount Joy Community Orchard with the assistance of John Bunker, an apple expert, students from the East End Community School were in attendance.

:We are trying to connect our school and community,” said MIke Dixon, Treasurer of the PTO at East East Community School.  “Everyone is enjoying our living school yard and that is what we hoped for today,” he said.  Dixon is a resident of Munjoy HIll.

For more backgkround information on the Mount Joy Orchard established by retired city arborist Jeff Taring, please visit post herein dated May 21, 2014.