Colorful Words for Carrot Top Pesto

First grader enjoying carrot top pesto in Tillamook, Oregon

Nestucca Valley Elementary’s first graders harvested, prepared and enjoyed carrot top pesto from the garden this week. This culinary lesson was especially important because these kiddos planted those very carrots last spring as kindergarteners. It was almost unreal to witness their pride and excitement while sharing this snack—not an everyday sight.

“It’s spicy like salsa, but crunchy like carrots. Two of my favorite foods together!”

Colorful words coming from one of our shining English language learners— such a special small victory (maybe with less garlic next time).

Moments like these are why I’m grateful to be part of this FoodCorps team for a second year.