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Urban Roots classes at public schools

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Published: Jan. 7, 2020 at 3:32 PM PST
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Do your kids eat their vegetables? If there are a few things you'd like them to try, but they just won't please keep reading.

is a non-profit dedicated to teaching kids about eating healthy by educating them about gardening.

Lemmon Valley Elementary teachers and students teamed up April 25, 2019 with the nonprofit organization to build gardening beds.

"This is going to be a resource for them to learn about fruits and vegetables and science and math and getting outside and being physically active," said Urban Roots Executive Director, Fayth Ross.

"We're going to do math here. We're going to write about this. We're going to read stories about this. We're going to make stories about this. We're going to encompass all learning with these gardens," said Lemmon Valley Principal, Mike Lansing.

"Kids can be gardeners too. you can do it right here in your school. You can do it at home. Even if you live in an apartment, plant something in a window seal," Ross said as Lemmon Valley Elementary School students prepared to transplant plants into the gardening beds.

Urban Roots places one of its teachers at participating schools to educate students about gardening once a week.

KOLO Cares returned to the School on Halloween in 2019 to monitor program's progress.

"Do you think the plant would be able to grow in just water without soil?" asked Urban Roots Farm to School Educator, Lili Grajeda to a group of students sitting near the garden beds.

The students responded with several nos and yeses.

"So some plants do grow in just water. They're called hydroponics," replied Grajeda.

The children learn at their outdoor classroom through discussions and hands-on gardening. The children also harvested one cabbage from the soil.

It's roots are deep and strong so they got a little help.

"It looks like a big blueberry," said one young student.

Each child was encouraged to try some of the freshly harvested cabbage. Most kids enjoyed the texture and taste.

This is one of 8 classes Grajeda would teach at Lemmon Valley Elementary School.

"When I was in elementary school I didn't have access to education like this so I just think it's really good to supplement the sciences that they're already learning," she said.

Talk to you local school principal if you would like your child to have these learning opportunities at your school. In addition to these classroom gardens at local schools, Urban Roots also puts on day camp programs and field trips to it’s Urban Roots teaching farms.

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