NEW WINDSOR – Tomato plants and lettuce, and kale and peas and summer squash sprout in plots outside Temple Hill Academy in New Windsor.

While destined for the bellies of students at the Newburgh district elementary school and the food pantry at St. Patrick’s Church in the City of Newburgh, the healthy vegetables are not the only harvest to be reaped from the seeds sown inside Temple Hill’s student-run garden.

“She hated kale,” Sarah Mhmoud said of Amira Mhmoud, her daughter. “Now she puts it in smoothies.”

For three years, Beacon-based Hudson Valley Seed has taught Temple Hill students the power of gardening and eating vegetables – a program the organization replicates at Horizons-on-the-Hudson Elementary School, the Boys and Girls Club and the Armory Unity Center in the City of Newburgh.

As seeds grow, so do the students. The time outdoors learning how to plant and tend their gardens not only…