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Jennings Lodge program is run by Schoolyard Farms, a nonprofit that teaches kids to grow and eat nutritious foods

Starting in April, students at Candy Lane Elementary have been learning science by growing a garden at their school. The Jennings Lodge program is run by Schoolyard Farms, a nonprofit that teaches kids to grow and eat nutritious foods in both the Oregon City School District and in the North Clackamas School District's New Urban High School.

Candy Lane Elementary third grader Lauren Kraft waters the zucchini seeds she planted with gardening teacher Claire Engelen of Schoolyard Farms."My class has a few beds of pea plants growing that are doing really well. We also recently planted cauliflower and broccoli," said third grade teacher Patrick Callero. "Recently we harvested radishes and carrots that were planted earlier."

Garden produce from the program is sometimes used in the school cafeteria so children can try the foods they've grown. Students also learn about plant and animal life cycles, types of soil and the job of worms in the garden.

"As a classroom teacher, I love that the kids get to do some hands-on learning outside every week," Callero said. "They love to have that connection with nature and to see where their food comes from."

Schoolyard Farms offers a four-day summer day camp at the school, with six different sessions, beginning June 24. To find out more, visit schoolyardfarms.org or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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