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Kids In the Garden

Kids in the Garden 1
 
Kids in the Garden 1
Sara Laite - Ramsey Co. Extension Agent

Have you ever seen preschoolers and toddlers garden?  Well, this spring and summer, the children at Devils Lake Kids Preschool and Childcare Center were involved in planting, weeding and watering fruit, vegetable and flower gardens thanks to a grant and local greenhouses.  Mark’s Green House, Superb Landscapes, and Landscapes Unlimited were very kind in providing raised garden areas and many annuals and perennials for the kids to plant.  This experience was provided by a grant (“Kids in the Garden”) from the North Dakota Nutrition Council.  Sara Laite and Bill Hodous, Ramsey County Extension agents, coordinated a garden landscape to enhance the learning experience of young children.  The young children got to play in the soil, plant seeds and plants, learn what a sunflower looks like, see a cucumber plant, pick beans, learn the parts of the plant (roots, leaves, stems, flowers, fruit) and so much more.   The kids are able to water, harvest and eat their garden produce and have been asking if they can do a garden next year.  At the conclusion of the growing season and lessons, Devils Lake Kids will have their very own garden areas and supplies that can be used every garden season to grow healthy produce for the children.  Sara and the kids also took this opportunity to spruce up the front of Devils Lake Kids with annuals, perennials and specially decorated flower pots.  This provided an extremely warm welcome for families involved with the day care center.  Sara Laite- “We really could not have had such a successful garden experience without the grant from the North Dakota Nutrition Council, Devils Lake Kids Preschool and Childcare Center, Landscapes Unlimited, Superb Landscapes and Mark’s Greenhouse.  Thanks to all involved!!!!

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