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Chapman Elementary School Garden

Thanks to some big-named community partners, youngsters at Chapman Elementary School are now learning about healthy eating, sustainability and food literacy.

Posted: Jun 7, 2018 8:05 AM

Chico, Calif. – If you are one of the many individuals in the North State who grows your own fruits and vegetables then you know the satisfaction that activity can bring.

When Action News Now morning Anchor Julia Yarbough learned that a new on-campus garden was taking root at a Chico-area school she decided to get a look at the garden beds firsthand.

Thanks to some big-named community partners, youngsters at Chapman Elementary School are now learning about healthy eating, sustainability and food literacy.

All of which, says Principal Mike Allen, gives his students a sense of accomplishment. He says growing something from the ground up is more than just a learning experience for the kids. He says it gives them a sense of empowerment.

The young fledgling farmers in the Kindergarten class planted radishes as part of their garden project.

Principal Allen says the kids are ‘super excited’ about the garden project and in fact, the youngest members at the school have already harvested the first batch of radishes put in the ground.

The garden project came about thanks to a community partnership between Chapman Elementary, The Sacramento Kings Foundation and Raley’s Supermarket chain. The two agencies donated the necessary funds, all the supplies and manpower, in order to build and install a top-notch on-campus garden.

The student-led garden includes six new planter beds, a sink and wash area and white-picket fencing which goes all the way around the plot. Large wooden benches are also in place, which all space for entire classrooms of students to come out to the garden to sit and give teachers the opportunity to hold class in the garden.

Youngsters now have the opportunity to learn about farming and science as well as taking ownership and responsibility for growing and harvesting their own fruits and vegetables.

Principal Allen says the garden is where science, meets hard work and results in children then enjoying the fruits of their hard labor.

Thursday, June 7, 2018, which is the last day of the school year, representatives from Raley’s and The Sacramento Kings Foundation are set to be at the school in order to officially unveil the Chapman Elementary School garden.

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