Colder weather is on it’s way which means it’s time to harvest the garden bounty.

On Friday, October 5 kids at the Northlake Elementary Harvest Festival were laughing and having fun while pressing freshly harvested apples into cider. Other students were enjoying a taste of roasted veggies harvested from Northlake’s garden, while some kids prepared squash for cooking.

After singing songs, eating healthy food from the garden and drinking just pressed apple cider kids ran through a hay bale obstacle course.

Lower Columbia School Gardens (LCSG) introduces and connects kids to food in a hands-on and fun way. LCSG also coordinates curriculum so kids can be exposed to the world of fresh fruit and vegetables.

According to the Lower Columbia School Gardens web site (, over 4,000 kids each year are taught about cooking and nutrition through hands-on activities in one of the school gardens.