Members of Southold High School’s National Honor Society rolled up their sleeves on Tuesday, helping to ensure families in need had a little bit of fresh produce on their plates this holiday season.
About 16 Honor Society members, joined by their adviser, James Stahl, visited the Wesnofske family’s farm in Southold to pick whatever produce was leftover from the harvest to donate to the food pantry at Our Redeemer Lutheran Church of Aquebogue.
Mr. Stahl, an English teacher at the school, said he had reached out to fellow teacher Jason Wesnofske to see if his family would be willing to donate to the cause — and open their farm to the kids.
Mr. Wesnofske gave the students the OK, and after school Tuesday they fanned in the farm fields, picking everything from cabbage, broccoli, and kale to brussels sprouts, which were a bit more of a challenge to extract from the dirt.
The Wesnofske’s also donated some pre-picked cauliflower, which requires more than just hands to harvest.
In the end, the students had packed the back of Farmer Wesnofske’s pick-up truck, with plenty of greens piled high.
All the vegetables were then dropped of at the church.