Beth on the Bright Side: Buford Middle School Garden

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April 21, 2011

Most kids don't like eating vegetables, but at Buford Middle School in Charlottesville, students are getting their hands dirty to learn about their healthy benefits.

Cabbage, corn and other vegetables fill the garden behind the school. All of it has been planted by Buford students.

"We like to think of it as an outdoor classroom," program coordinator Linda Winecoff said. "It's pretty peaceful down here, a great opportunity for them."

It's an opportunity that comes with a cost for a new rainwater harvesting system, seeds and supplies. That's where Sticks Kebob Shop comes in. On Friday and Saturday, both Sticks locations will donate 10 percent of their revenues to the Buford garden.

With help from some rain and some sunshine, the young green thumbs are guaranteed a bountiful harvest.

Every student at Buford spends a little time in the garden. It's nutrition for the brain and nutrition for the body.

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