Harvest Time!

Students in ENVS 230 “Sustainable Agriculture” had an exciting lab day on Wednesday:  our first harvest of the spinach we have been growing in our experimental beds since the beginning of the semester.

First, check out the progress of the garden as a whole (compare to planting time five weeks before):

We are striking a balance between scientific experiment and aesthetic pleasure.

First, the science.  Students carefully measure the length of the longest leaf of each plant:

Then harvest and fill up bowls of nearly perfect spinach leaves:

But it’s not all work and no pleasure.  We also have a blind taste test to see if we can discern differences between spinach fertilized with five different fertilizer types:

And finally we just eat salad!

And to think, you get credit for this!

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