"My main goal is to just reconnect the students with the whole process of growing food, getting their hands dirty, playing with bugs," said Alanna Nafziger, who heads up a gardening after-school program at Edith Bowen. She is a former student manager of the USU Organic Farm--and a passionate advocate of teaching children where food comes from and why growing it is important.
The idea began when USU student Ethan DeVilbiss applied for a Blue Goes Green grant to build a raised bed garden and hoop-house. He volunteered at Edith Bowen doing after-school tutoring, and he wanted to add a program on sustainability. (He is now backpacking through Europe, but plans to get involved in the greenhouse when he returns.)
|Ethan (left) and his brother Taylor worked with other volunteers and contractor Travis Sapp to build the greenhouse. Photo courtesy of John DeVilbiss.|
On a February day, the greenhouse is a delightfully warm place that smells like new lumber. Inside, young greens are getting a jump start on spring, and the after school children are watching their spinach grow. A logbook will help them track the indoor temperature and how the plants respond to the care they receive.
Someday soon the children will eat club-grown greens. It's all part of their education.
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