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    Julie is fr. Davis Bilingual Elementary Magnet School in Tucson, AZ. “We currently have 5 keyhole beds & 4 long beds for vegetable gardens. We would like to dig more sunken beds, mix them w/ quality compost, plant & harvest during class time, after school & on our monthly community work days. We would also like to start providing a weekly farmer's market for our school community with our gardens' harvest throughout the school year." #diggingdeeper

    Mandy is a parent at Swigert International School in Denver, CO. She tell us, "We have parent led enrichment classes every Friday afternoon, and one of the classes is an organic gardening class. Its a tough class to teach without an actual garden (right now we are gardening in milk jugs, cans, and yogurt cups). But the kids will use organic practices to grow food. The kids will be encouraged to take seeds and start gardens at home, as well." #gettingstarted

    Michelle is a parent from Denham Springs Elementary School in Denham Springs, LA. “The garden really needs some TLC. It is full of potential and can be beautiful! The children will be able to learn at an early age that our food doesn't have to come only from the grocery store aisles. They can learn hands on, that we can grow our own fruits and vegetables right in our own back yards! The garden will teach our children how plant, tend, harvest & enjoy the fruits of their labor." #diggingdeeper

    Sylvia says, "We hope to have our garden look more like this one with more vegetables then weeds and mulched around the periphery to keep weeds and grass from migrating into the growing area." She's a mom at Evansdale Elementary School in Atlanta, GA #diggingdeeper

    Heather is a parent fr University Elementary School in Bloomington, IL. "The cafeteria staff has agreed to make use of anything grown in the garden. We have the chance to get real, fresh food in the mouths of more children across the school. The availability of delicious, fresh herbs and vegetables grown by fellow students will encourage children to broaden their eating. Once children analyze the differences in the fresh produce, it will steer them toward fresh options.” #diggingdeeper

    Emily is the director of after school program at Hall Elementary in Gresham, OR. She tells us, "Based on my experience with students in the SUN program, it seems clear that children are more likely to eat vegetables (and be excited about eating them) if they are involved in growing the vegetables. Gardening is a wonderful way of introducing kids to different foods and expanding their palates through tasting during harvesting." #diggingdeeper

    This garden can help teach sustainable gardening practices as we learn about crop rotating, managing pests without chemicals, and keeping a compost pile to recycle the nutrients. During the summer, we could sell them at the Farmers’ Market in our parking lot to continue upgrading and enhancing our garden. Also, we could donate some produce to needy families in our community. #diggingdeeper

    Pauline is a teacher at Vista Square Elementary in Chula Vista, CA. She tell us, "Our garden is organic. We teach children how to compost and we even have a worm bin. Children study the life cycles of the plants and flowers in our garden. We have shrubs that are drought tolerant and attract butterflies and birds." #diggingdeeper

    Mel is a mom at Valley Elementary in Pelham, Alabama. She says a structure like this would help keep the deer out in their school garden. They're just #gettingstarted with it.

    The tomatoes are coming nicely at Ridgeway Early Learning Center in Memphis, TN. Teacher Teleka tells us, "By providing the opportunity for students and parents to cultivate a vegetable garden, we hope to motivate students and parents to plant gardens at their homes." #diggingdeeper

    Kim is a parent at Hinkle Creek Elementary in Noblesville, IN. "The plan for the area at Hinkle Creek Elementary is to build raised garden beds for the students to grow fruits, vegetables, pumpkins and gourds. We will incorporate science and health classes into the garden program. We want the kids to have the hands on experience of growing a food from a small seed, watching it mature, and finally being able to eat the end product." #gettingstarted

    After School Gardeners washing harvest for a salad snack!

    Grinding wheat harvested from our garden on a community work day.

    We are hoping to have a farmer's market with native watermelons in early Fall.

    Fifth graders measuring and planting wheat in one of our long beds.

    The Davis garden hopes to start a farmer's market at the school selling items you see in the picture.

    Summer in our garden includes lots of sunflowers shading the tomato plants!

    Students enjoying greens and a salad dressing made with herbs from the garden!