Bloomington students harvest teaching gardens

By WEEK Producer

September 16, 2013 Updated Sep 16, 2013 at 7:41 PM CDT

BLOOMINGTON, Ill. -- Farmers are not the only ones harvesting their fields this time of year.

A group of students at Pepper Ridge Elementary School in Bloomington are reaping the benefits from their crops planted back in May.

On Monday they picked peppers, cucumbers, tomatoes and other vegetables from the garden outside of the school.

"A few years ago the American Heart Association really looked at how we can better serve our communities and found that there were a lot of children that were not eating their fair share of fruits and vegetables so we came up with this program called teaching gardens,” said Melissa Chrisman of the American Heart Association.

Advocate Bromen Hospital funded the garden project.

The fruits and vegetables from the garden go to students and their families.

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