Taylor Haggerty / WBAA News

Students at Crawfordsville’s Meredith Nicholson Elementary have learned to grow fruits and vegetables in the school garden for nearly a decade. This year, students can enjoy the fruits of their labor in the school cafeteria for the first time.

The Nicholson garden sits just behind the school, close enough for students to visit for lessons. They learn about agriculture all year, and plant seeds in the spring. Three days a week in the summer, students and families tend to various plants, including carrots, pumpkins and tomatoes. As fall approaches, they harvest.

The Ultimate BLT

Aug 7, 2012

The summer vegetable garden is best when it provides a bounty of fresh food from July until well into the fall.

And for Scott Hutcheson the finest of food that comes from the garden or farm field is the tomato, especially when it's part of that classic sandwich - a BLT, with a twist.

BLT with Shallot Basil Mayo

Shallot Basil Mayo

•                     2 Tablespoons shallots, finely chopped

•                     2 Tablespoons basil leaves, finely minced

•                     1/2 teaspoon olive oil

“In Second Nature: A Gardener’s Education author Michael Pollan regales us with his characteristic self deprecating humor and gentle insight.  Second Nature is not your regular gardening book. There aren't a lot of "how to" instructions here for planting, nurturing and harvesting. Rather, Pollan engages us in a philosophical exploration of what he calls the "garden of the mind and the garden in real life.”