The fall and winter at Roosevelt ESP has been a a particularly abundant time for this school’s garden. Since September students have been planting chard, kale, lettuce, broccoli, peas, radish, nasturtium, and many other cool weather crops. These plants, which generally don’t produce fruits (except the peas!) but rather leafy green vegetables or flowers (broccoli!) are highly rich in vitamin C, fiber, and protein. Students are seeing the relationship of a balanced diet on their health and wellness through the school year. Many of the ESP students had noted that they had come down with the cold or flu at some point during the school year and are understanding more and more how a balanced diet, and one with lots of fruits, vegetables, and water (and less sugar and other “junk”) will continually keep our bodies healthy and strong.