Future farmers of America?

By: Joel Gordiejew
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All it took was just one seed, and now it’s an approximately 100-pound pumpkin.

It all started when Ted Bosque, principal of Natoma Station Elementary School, was gifted a pumpkin seed by one his neighbors. Mr. Bosque, in turn, took it to school with an idea in mind. He would donate it to the Green Team, the school’s garden club. They would plant it and tend to it, and then all would eventually reap the benefits of an enormous harvest.

Before the planting, each member of the garden club held the seed and made a wish. Then they placed it in a specially prepared mound and all the little hands helped tuck it into the soil. They watered it, and the wait began.

Through the summer the Community Crew pitched in to tend to the garden. The “crew” was composed of families that dedicated at least one week to oversee the garden. This effort tremendously helped the pumpkin through the very warm summer months.

Recently the school logo and mascot, the cheetah, were etched into the giant gourd.

After harvesting, it will be placed in the school office so that everyone will be able to see and enjoy what an energetic group of fourth-, fifth- and sixth-graders achieved.

If you’d like to follow the Green Team, go to their website at www.fcusd
.org/domain/779. There are great tips on gardening and lots of pictures of the team and numerous activities these youngsters are involved in.

Currently they are seeking parent volunteers to assist in the Green Team program.  

Who said it?

It is dangerous to be right when the government is wrong (Voltaire) … At age 50, every man has the face he deserved (George Orwell) … Getting caught is the mother of invention (Robert Byrne) … I thoroughly disapprove of duels. If a man should challenge me, I would take him kindly and forgivingly by the head and lead him to a quiet place and kill him (Mark Twain).

Things to do
Saturday, Nov. 1

Museum of Wonder & Delight opens at 905 Leidesdoff St. in Historic Folsom. You’ll find toys, holiday folk art items and the Dolph Gotelli Collection. More info at (916) 985-2707.

Rancho Cordova Civic Light Orchestra presents “Happy Halloween!” at 4 p.m. at First Covenant Church, Progress Court, Rancho Cordova. There is no charge for the event and costumes are encouraged for a lively concert for all trick-or-treaters.

Birthdays and Anniversaries

Greetings to Sara Weaver, Silvia Valdez, Phil Heil (my good friend and tax man), Anita Grey, Susan Svensson, Chad Bowman (FLYP Leader and Business owner, from his wife and family), Dr. Shaina DiMariano and Rich Downing. Last but not least, Bonnie Bottorff from her granddaughter and Telegraph features editor, Laura Newell.

24th anniversary greetings to Mark and Chris Stern.

Here’s your opportunity to spotlight a family member, friend or just that someone special in your life. To get your announcement in this feature call (916) 774-7934 or e-mail to

Thought for
the week

Be watchful, stand firm in your faith, be courageous, be strong. Let all that you do be done in love. 1 Corinthians 16:13

Joel Gordiejew’s On the Town is a weekly entertainment and social news column. He can be reached at or

(916) 774-7934.