The Lettuce is coming!



To print this coloring sheet, click HERE (pdf)


The numbers are in and 340 second grade students will be participating in the second annual Greenwich Green Schools Lettuce Challenge.  These students represent seventeen classrooms, in both public and independent schools, who have pre-registered and will be caring for lettuce plants in their classroom windowsills or school gardens over six weeks, as part of the Fairchild Challenge at the GEC.  They are eligible to feature their top plants in our Buttercrunch Showcase at the Garden Education Center on June 15th and may win awards for Green Hearts, Green Thumbs, Green Minds, or Green Spaces.  This year the GEC is also awarding the $500 Fairchild Challenge Award, towards environmental projects at their school.

Remember, it’s not a competition, it’s a CHALLENGE, to encourage each other to grow and connect to healthy foods in our classrooms.  TOGETHER, we are planting seeds for lifelong learning, healthy living, and green stewardship!

Here are some photo updates below:

  • March 28:  lettuce seeds planted in trays
  • April 4:  seedling progress
  • April 22nd:  hundreds of seedlings being transplanted into peat pots by GEC Greenhouse volunteers on Earth Day


We look forward to seeing registered schools on May 4th for plant pickup, and again on June 15th for our awards and showcase.

To view details and FAQ for the Lettuce Challenge please visit this site. CLICK HERE
You will also find a link to a google doc at the top of the page that has “how to get ready for your plants” tips and more information about the Lettuce Challenge.

Who is taking the challenge this year?

  • Glenville School
  • International School at Dundee
  • Old Greenwich School
  • Riverside School
  • Sacred Heart Greenwich
  • The Stanwich School

COMING SOON:  Meet our panel of local experts at the Buttercrunch Awards 2016

PRINT OUT:  Here is a new coloring sheet invitation we added, for schools to share with students and families: COLORING SHEET INVITATION(jpg)



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