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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

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.