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Kids plant veggies for farmers market

Kids at Cross Hill Community Preschool, Springfield Township Parks and Recreation, Springfield Farmers Market and Davisburg United Methodist Chuch team up to plant a community garden. Photo by Andrea Beaudoin (click for larger version)
June 04, 2014 - Kids at Cross Hill Community Preschool in Davisburg got their hands dirty while planting seeds.

The seed will sprout into food to sell as the upcoming Farmers Market in Springfield Township starts June 15. It will be every Sunday 10 a.m. to 2 p.m at the Shiawasee basin in downtown Davisburg.

Thanks to the donations of all materials from parents and Highland Township farm and Diana's Heirloom, the garden is sure to grow big and beautiful on the Davisburg United Methodist Church property.

Diana's Heirloom also gave the groups advice on how to plant and take care of the vegetables.

Springfield Township Parks and Recreation partnered to teach kids how food is planted.

Throughout the summer, the kids as well as church members and staff from Davisburg United Methodist Church, Parks and Recreation and Davisburg Farmers Market will help tend the garden.

Kids painted rocks to mark and label the types of vegetables they would plant in the garden. With the help of adults, the kids planted cucumbers, tomatoes, zucchini, peppers, and beans.

After the vegetables are grown and harvested, kids will learn the importance of healthy eating.

"We will teach them it's fun to eat healthy and especially to grow your own food," said teacher Heather Stephinson.

Stephinson, Farmers Market Manager Colleen Love, and Parks and Recreation Director Casey Reed agreed the kids will be more likely to want to eat the fresh food byhelping plant and grow their own produce.

The idea for the garden began a few months ago when Tom Oaks, a dad at the church, suggested a community garden be planted.

"The other parents got really excited about it," smiled Love.

Parents continued to get excited after the idea took root by buying materials and decorating bamboo teepees to keep the veggies upright.

During the farmers market kids will also help sell the vegetables.

"The kids will learn how to be a real farmer," said Reed.

-Andrea Beaudoin

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