Kids Food Gardens

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Kids grow healthy in the garden. Breathing fresh air produced by the plants, exercising with gardening activities, eating organic in season veggies, and releasing the stress of the day are some of the many benefits kids get gardening. Kids with food gardens learn that vegetables grow to be different shapes, sizes, and colors and can be grouped according to the plant part that is eaten. Roots absorb water and nutrients from the soil; some root veggies are carrots, beets, and radishes. Bulbs, like onions, leeks, and scallions, grow beneath the ground. Stems hold up the plant and carry water and minerals; some stem veggies are celery, asparagus, and rhubarb. Tubers, like potatoes, grow from the plant stems beneath the ground. Leaves contain chlorophyll to trap energy from the sun to make food; some leaf veggies are lettuce, cabbage, and spinach. Flowers attract birds and insects for pollination; some flower veggies are cauliflower, broccoli, and artichoke. Fruits grow if the flower is pollinated, and hold seeds; some fruit veggies are tomato, cucumber, and pepper. Seeds grow into new plants; some seed veggies are corn, beans, and peas. Learning their food comes from a bursting with life garden where they discover and harvest the plant part they eat, gives kids a whole new view of the world.

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