Fifth Graders Learn Lessons on Gardening, Healthy Lifestyles

Learning the Best Way to Grow Potatoes

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For some elementary students in Duluth, Tuesday was a good day to have class outside, and spend time in their garden.

Fifth graders at Congdon Park Elementary are teaching each other the best way to plant potatoes.

The hands–on lesson is brought to them by the Duluth Community Garden Program’s “One Vegetable One Community” initiative, that centers around the theme of learning about gardening and cooking one vegetable at a time.

Previous years have featured beans, squash, beets, and kale.

The initiative seeks to teach these students the science of agriculture as well as lessons about growing fresh foods for a healthier lifestyle.

“A garden is a living laboratory,” says Renee Willemsen, Education Coordinator with Healthy Northland Farm to School. “When kids can be out learning how to do it, doing the research and applying it with their hands, the knowledge that they have, it really sticks and stays with them for a lifetime.”

The students will harvest their potato crops in the fall.

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