Jackson Via Schoolyard Garden Harvest

Jackson Via Schoolyard Garden
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CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA (NEWSPLEX) -- On Thursday, students at Jackson-Via Elementary celebrated their final harvest of the year, and it's a sweet one.

Students enjoyed a healthy,crisp, and sweet tasting serving of snap peas.

Jeanette Abi-Nader, the executive director of City Schoolyard Garden, says it's a program aimed at educating students through hands-on cultivation of foods in their own schoolyard garden.

"Each month, all students get a fresh snack, all elementary students, and we build lessons around that," said Abi-Nader. "They grow the snack in their garden, they see how it works and they get to learn about fresh healthy food from seed to table."

There are seven schoolyard gardens in Charlottesville. The first one created is located at Bufford Middle and the remaining six are at each of the city' elementary schools. This equates to about 2,500 students benefiting from this hands-on learning experience.

"The city schoolyard garden gives students an opportunity to learn differently," said Abi-Nader. "We're trying to enhance students academic and just social experience at school."

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