Trinity Pesko, a fifth-grade student from Phillips Elementary School, is the statewide winner of the Ag in the Classroom essay contest. Wisconsin fourth- and fifth-graders were asked to write a 100- to 300-word essay with the theme, "Wisconsin gardens provide many healthy food choices for us."
Trinity is the daughter of Jon and Sherry Pesko and Julie Zumach is her fifth-grade teacher at Phillips.
The finalist from each of Wisconsin Farm Bureau's nine districts across the state will receive a certificate, educational resources for their teacher and a classroom presentation about Wisconsin agriculture. This year's finalists follow:
·Bear Deavers, St. Paul's Schools, Fort Atkinson, Jefferson County (District 1)
·Gabby Weis, Pineview Elementary School, Reedsburg, Sauk County (District 2)
·Trent Shepherd, Belmont Community School, Lafayette County (District 3)
·Ellie Wirtz, Gebhardt Elementary School, Black River Falls, Jackson County (District 4)
·Haley Franz, St. Mary Springs Academy, Fond du Lac, Fond du Lac County (District 5)
·Haley Beeser, Seton Catholic School, Sheboygan, Sheboygan County (District 6)
·Eden Witt, St. Anthony School, Oconto Falls, Oconto County (District 7)
·Trinity Pesko, Phillips Elementary School, Price County (District 8)
·Emily Wehausen, St. Croix Middle School, Hammond, St. Croix County (District 9)
Wisconsin gardens provide many healthy food choices for us
By Trinity Pesko, Phillips Elementary School
I love gardening and all of the nutritious food we can get from gardens, but the fact that we get so many more choices here in Wisconsin makes gardening so much better. My dad and I grow a garden every year, and we have so much fun doing it. Wisconsin farmers and gardeners ourselves, Dad and I know good food when we taste it. In our garden we grow tomatoes, blueberries, raspberries, kohlrabi, radishes, peas, green beans, pumpkins and squash. We also have two apple trees, two pear trees and a grape plant.
Dad and I do the gardening and harvesting, but that doesn't mean I don't participate in one of the best parts – cooking! Some of mom and my favorite recipes are homemade apple sauce, grape jelly, ham, potato and chive soup and baked squash. I love how everything tastes so fresh and delicious; that's a taste you can only find in Wisconsin. It almost seems impossible that something so healthy can taste so sweet and full of flavor.
One of the things I like the most besides eating and cooking the fruits and vegetables is the hard work that goes into growing them. When you work hard for something, whether it's growing a garden or winning a contest, it makes you appreciate it more. When I work hard growing my garden, my hard work makes the fruit and vegetables taste so much better. If you think about it, great Wisconsin produce that is really healthy, and good old-fashioned hard work is an unbeatable combination. I'm so glad that Wisconsin gardens provide such healthy and great tasting produce.