DEL CITY — 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.