Fruits & Vegetables lesson for kids

By Vanessa Johnson

October 23, 2012 Updated Oct 24, 2012 at 9:41 AM CDT

BLOOMINGTON, Ill -- Students at Cedar Ridge Elementary are harvesting the benefits of hard work.

Last school year, students planted a 'teaching garden' filled with fruits and vegetables. Tuesday, the second graders snacked on some of the items they grew.

The garden gives students the opportunity to connect science and learning with the foods that they eat. 

"So this was a great connection for time, to realize that food is actually grown,” said Anne Bare, a second grade Teacher. “And that you can cut it and eat it immediately. They all loved the fresh broccoli. And agreed that it was better than the frozen broccoli that they get from the store."

The recent drought added to the learning experience, as students had to replant the broccoli and tomato plants.

The garden is sponsored by the Advocate BroMenn Medical Center.

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