Local kids got their hands dirty and learned how to grow their own food Thursday.
Kids participating in the Marion County Parks and Recreation Commission (MCPARC) summer programs learned how to plant seeds at the Fairmont Community Garden.
The kids were escorted by MCPARC supervisors and counselors from the Fifth Street Park to the community garden located off Oliver Street. There, kids met with employees with the City of Fairmont Planning and Development Department.
Kathy Wyrosdick, Fairmont’s director of planning and development, said the kids helped them Thursday by filling bins with dirt and getting all the plants planted. She said this gives the kids an opportunity to grow their own vegetables.
Because it is a community garden, the kids will be able to come back to the garden when they please to see how their plants are doing. Wyrosdick said some of the plants the kids helped with will go toward local food banks when they are fully grown.
Wyrosdick said that by planting and moving dirt around, the kids learned that they can grow their own food.
“There’s a huge learning opportunity here,” she said. “They’re going to learn that when you grow food, the taste is a lot better, you’re prouder of what you’re providing yourself, and also giving back to the community is a big part of what we’re doing.”
Two of the kids helping plant Thursday were Kandace Ledsome and Sophia Schnore. Schnore said she enjoyed planting in the community garden.
“We like growing plants,” Schnore said.
Ledsome said she, too, enjoyed planting at the garden Thursday and knows that it helps give back to the community. She said it also helps the environment.
“I like helping the environment and planting these plants for the food pantries,” Ledsome said.
MCPARC supervisor Jackie Fitch said having the kids help with the garden is more than planting.
“It will be an education for them,” she said.
The kids helped plant vegetables, herbs and seeds for other foods. Fitch said it’s all about showing the kids the process of a plant growing.
This is the first year for the Fairmont Community Garden, and Wyrosdick said she hopes the kids will continue to come back.
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