Folsom fourth-grader harvests 12 pumpkins from a single seedBy: Laura Newell, Features Editor
FOLSOM, CA - Kennedy Costar, 9, is in fourth grade at Natoma Station Elementary School and recently learned the importance of what one seed can do.
As a student of Gina Bamberger’s, she planted a pumpkin seed during an activity in the school garden in April. It grew about two inches. She then took it home in May in a cup. After transplanting the plant in the front yard planter it continued to grow in the next few months. Healthy green vines soon took over the planter covering 30 feet.
Now in fall, she recently harvested 12 pumpkins.
Costar said she was so excited to watch her success that all started from the school garden. Kennedy is currently a Green Team member at school, a club that focuses on ways to keep the school green and also works in the school garden. Both the garden and Green Team were developed with the help of Bamberger.