In the farthest corner of Markham’s garden stands a beautiful loquat tree. Every year it bears tons of fruit for students and teachers alike. The fruit is so sought after that students will try whatever it takes to pry the fruit loose. However, a majority of the fruit is beyond their reach and will eventually fall to the ground.
After speaking with a school teacher about the tree, we decided it would be a great idea to get a fruit picker for the students. They can now harvest fruit in a safe and fun manner.
Loquats are indigenous to China and bear a small fleshy orange fruit. They are typically not available in stores or farmer’s markets due to their short shelf life.
We are blessed to have an established loquat tree in the garden. It is highly probably that ten, twenty, or thirty years ago, students at Markham planted the tree. It is a gift that keeps on giving to students today and others in the years ahead.
Additionally, students tended to their arugula plants and planted strawberries.