Over 100 plants took over the Government Center lobby Wednesday for the 4th annual lettuce challenge.
“There were probably close to 700 plants that were started and so out of that 700, they picked their best ones from their schools and that’s what they brought in here,” says Sharon Larsen, Lettuce Challenge Committee Chair of the Stamford Garden Club.
Hosted each year by the Stamford Garden Club, the contest invites Stamford students from Kindergarten to 7th grade to grow buttercrunch lettuce for six weeks. The students then choose the best plants among their peers for the contest, to be displayed at Government Center and judged by local horticulturists for awards.
“They learn almost every kind of skill you can imagine,” says Larsen. “We have kids writing about what they’re doing; the kids have to figure out when they’re in the gardens how many seeds they need in an area, so we have math skills developing; certainly health skills; nutrition knowledge. So I think there’s almost no area of learning that’s not covered by this kind of a project.”
“It’s actually a lot of fun and with a bit of water and sun, you can make a plant this big,” says one student participant. “I’m going to keep it in the garden on the side of my house so it can grow more.”