School Yard Garden Grows Science Interest

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July 10, 2011

A 4,000 square foot fruit and vegetable garden sits behind Buford Middle School in Charlottesville. People gathered for an "Open Garden" on Sunday.

"This is our first big open garden event. It's like an open house. We really wanted to take advantage of the way the garden looks as it is growing and to hold an event to thank the supporters," said Linda Winecoff.

Winecoff is the program director of the City School Yard Gardening Program, an initiative to get students involved in healthy food choices that also provides hands-on Life Science education.

"The kids grow things. They learn about variables. They take data. They chart the information and they have to do a power-point at the end to explain their conclusion," said Buford Middle School teacher Betsey .

The garden features tomatoes, okra and a variety of greens. Those who work with the program say students really love the beneficial concept.

"It's really meant to be an educational garden that gets tied in with the curriculum for various core subjects here at the school," commented Lisa Drake.

It's a program organization leader hope to see grow at other schools.

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