Earlier in the growing season I wrote about the amazing garden at Automotive Highschool. For those of you who didn't read my old post about them, it's a garden run by the Juniors and Seniors of Automotive Highschool and their teacher Jenny Kessler, and it's purpose is to start a discourse about where food comes from and how it's distributed, through a hands-on experience of growing their own food and visiting local farms throughout the state. They learn about pesticides and the lifecycle and treatment of livestock, how farm animals are raised and how they get to market. It's an amazing program that all cities across the country should take part in. It's interesting how much of a disconnect kids have with where their food comes from, how it's raised, and how it goes from farm to table. In addition, it's a fantastic example of teaching urban youth that it's possible to grow fresh organic produce in a limited amount of space. In urban environments like ours, access and the cost of fresh organic produce can be an issue. The produce they grow can be taken home by the students who raise the crops, the excess is given to local food banks, and sold at the farmers market. When I saw the garden earlier in the season, nothing was growing yet. This is the before shot, back in May.