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Not from the grocery store: Kids at Eliada learn how to grow their own food

Tina Rice has been gardening with the students at Eliada for the past four years. She teaches them how to care for the plants and make sure they get plenty of food and water. (Photo credit: WLOS staff)

From cucumbers to carrots to vine-ripe tomatoes, the vegetable garden at Eliada has just about everything.

Tina Rice has been gardening with the students at Eliada for the past four years. She teaches them how to care for the plants and make sure they get plenty of food and water.

Back in April, they planted seeds in the classroom and then transferred those seeds to the garden in early spring.

"Just seeing that sequence, as it starts out as a seed and then it grows to a complete plant, with a food source on the end of it and not necessarily just from the grocery store," Rice said. "You can ask them, 'Where do potatoes come from?' And they say, 'The grocery store.' But they have no concept of where this food comes from and then they get to enjoy the vegetables."

Tina Rice also teaches the kids how to make pickles with the cucumbers from the garden. She explained it's the same vegetable, but with skin still on it and added spices.

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