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Urban Harvest gardens teach Oklahoma City kids to embrace fruits

The program includes three acres of organic gardens on the campus of the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma’s headquarters in Southwest Oklahoma City.
by Brianna Bailey Published: June 8, 2014

/articleid/4889117/1/pictures/2735543">Photo - Freshly picked strawberries in a bucket. Youth from Trinity United Methodist Church in Hutchinson, KS volunteer at the Urban Harvest program at the Oklahoma Regional Food Bank. The group is with the church's youth choir and they are in Oklahoma doing mission work.  Photos accompany  sidebar about program for story about food deserts in Oklahoma.    May 29, 2014. Photo by Jim Beckel, The Oklahoman
Freshly picked strawberries in a bucket. Youth from Trinity United Methodist Church in Hutchinson, KS volunteer at the Urban Harvest program at the Oklahoma Regional Food Bank. The group is with the church's youth choir and they are in Oklahoma doing mission work. Photos accompany sidebar about program for story about food deserts in Oklahoma. May 29, 2014. Photo by Jim Beckel, The Oklahoman

The children also get to learn ways to cook fresh fruits and vegetables and try some of the produce from the garden.

It’s surprisingly easy to get most of the kids to try new fruits and vegetables, Weaver said.

“Some of these kids are from very low-income homes who are food-insecure,” Weaver said. “So it’s not uncommon for them to clean their plate and then ask for more spinach.”

A donor recently gave Urban Harvest a colony of honey bees, which the program will use to teach children about the process of pollination, said Micahel Leitch, volunteer coordinator for Urban Harvest, who also serves as beekeeper.

“We want to bring the kids out here to experience what it’s like to eat honey right off the comb,” Leitch said.

by Brianna Bailey
Business Writer
Brianna Bailey has lived in Idaho, Germany and Southern California, but Oklahoma is her adopted home. She has a bachelor's degree in Journalism from the University of Oklahoma and has worked at several newspapers in Oklahoma and Southern...
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