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Garden Life Lessons: Halima's Story

Jun 12, 2014

During the final Composter's Secret Garden and Cooking Club meeting of the 2013-14 school year, Nick Geer--FoodCorps service member from the St. Mary's Nutrition Center in Lewiston, Maine--asked his Longley Elementary fourth graders why they decided to join the cooking and gardening club this year. Halima's answer solidified the need for garden education in our schools. At 10 years old, Halima's hand shot up to answer: "This club has taught us how to cook, how to garden, how to think about food we eat and to be respectful and responsible all the time." Rooted in the heart of a diverse Lewiston community, the garden at Longley Elementary plays an integral role in the lives of students like Halima, whose initial fear of worms has turned into admiration and curiosity of them, and whose little knowledge of where food comes from and how to healthfully prepare it has turned a ten year old into an avid cook and gardener. 

In the photo, Halima sticks her harvested Siberian kale leaf right in her mouth just in time for the photo op. That kale was used to make the first kale salad of the season!

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