Young gardeners sow promising crop

Maeve Flaherty, 6, and her mom, Lan, prepare the soil where tomatoes and potatoes will be planted.

Maeve Flaherty, 6, and her mom, Lan, prepare the soil where tomatoes and potatoes will be planted.

Cian Flaherty, 4, pitches in on a beautiful Tuesday afternoon as Parent Involvement Coordinator Bethany Terry helps supervise

Cian Flaherty, 4, pitches in on a beautiful Tuesday afternoon as Parent Involvement Coordinator Bethany Terry helps supervise

Head Start participants at SCCAP are not only learning about eating their vegetables this spring, they’re also planting them.

The young gardeners, with help from parents and Head Start staff, have put in beans, broccoli, carrots, kale, lettuce, potatoes and tomatoes at the Crestmont community garden, where several local organizations have plots.

Two Head Start classes, Rooms 3 and 4, have worked on the garden that they planted early this month, as have other children and families in smaller groups.

The produce from the gardens will be sent home to families and used in classes as part of the preschoolers’ nutrition education.

Not surprising, perhaps, is that one of the kids’ favorite parts of gardening so far is pulling out giant worms from the compost pile that’s been built from leftover scraps of Head Start meals and snacks.

 But the favorite vegetable in this second year of having a Head Start garden is a surprise.  

“The kids love kale,” Parent Involvement Coordinator Bethany Terry said. “They request kale every day.”

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