Fifty-four groups of Stamford students from kindergarten to 7th grade as well as several school garden clubs are growing buttercrunch lettuce for six weeks in the hopes of having their plants chosen by their fellow students to be entered into the Lettuce Challenge Contest. Three of the “best” plants from each group will be displayed at the Stamford Government Center Lobby where they will be judged by local horticulturists and ribbons awarded at the Recognition Event on Wednesday May 14th from 4:00 – 5:00 P.M.
Along with the Contest entries, exhibits featuring the G.I.V.E. (Green Initiative for Vegetables in Education) Program, a school community gardens program launched in 2010 by Pam Sloane a retired Stamford Public Schools teacher, and KIDS’ FANS (Kids Fitness and Nutrition Services), a partnership of the Stamford Hospital and the Childhood Obesity Task Force, will be on display during daily Lobby Hours 8:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M.
History: The first Lettuce Challenge Contest was held in May 2011 in association with The Stamford Garden Club’s “Timescapes” Flower Show. Due to the positive feedback of students and teachers the Lettuce Challenge Contest has been held annually since 2012 at the Stamford Government Center.
Support: The Fourth Annual Lettuce Challenge Contest is sponsored by The Stamford Garden Club, which is most appreciative of the teachers who are assisting their students with this project. Special thanks is given to Beth Eiseman, Curriculum Associate for Science in the Stamford Public Schools, who recognized that the Lettuce Challenge Contest is a fun activity which supports school curriculum related to the science of growing plants, nutrition and health. The Stamford Garden Club is eager to encourage gardening by children and show them how fun growing vegetables can be!
In addition to the Stamford Public Schools, we thank Sam Bridge Nursery for providing the lettuce plugs provided to the students and the staff of the Stamford Government Center for their invaluable assistance.
The Stamford Government Center is located at 888 Washington St. at the corner of Tressor Blvd. Parking adjacent to the building is free.