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Del City students learn laws of the harvest

Del City Elementary School students enjoyed soup and salad from their own garden on Wednesday.
by Kimberly Burk Published: May 12, 2012

— First they sowed. Then they reaped. And on Wednesday, Del City Elementary School students sampled stone soup and spring green salad and marveled at what they had done.

“And to think we started with just a big pile of dirt,” one of the young gardeners said to her school principal, Ruth Kizer.

Kizer said she launched the gardening project at the kindergarten through fifth grade campus as a way to teach nutrition in a state plagued by obesity.

“We believe that healthy eating starts young,” she said. “And if you grow it yourself, you're more likely to eat it.”

The lessons extended far beyond vitamins and minerals. The students in the Midwest City-Del City School District learned about generosity and connecting with adults when 4-Hers, master gardeners and parents showed up to help.

Parents bought bricks for $1.50 each to help build the raised beds. The food bank donated seeds. The nearby Del City Church of Christ invited the kids to do some harvesting in its community garden.

The students learned about the effects of weather and soil type on garden plants, Kizer said. They were amazed that a tiny seed could grow into something many times larger.

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by Kimberly Burk
Assistant Local Editor
Kimberly Burk is a Missouri native who spent 20 years working for newspapers in Texas before joining The Oklahoman as an editor in 2002. As a reporter, she most enjoyed the years she spent on the religion beat and covering senior citizen issues....
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