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Students In Okatie Reap What They Sow

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OKATIE, S.C. - The Okatie Elementary garden is no secret, for the past eleven years students and staff have tilled the land and feasted off their labor. Today students plucked potatoes, beans, and other veggies and then served them up for lunch. Teachers there say the benefits of this program continue to grow.

From garden to grill, veggies were on the menu. Principal Jamie Pinckney says healthy food is one of the benefits of having this program. 

"Our goal ultimately is to make sure that we instill healthy eating habits for our students."

And part of that is teaching all the students here how to identify the different vegetables.

"A lot of the kids dont know what squash is and of course, they come out here and plant it from seed or small plant, and they water it and they weed it, and they get to harvest it and enjoy it and eat it, they are likely to eat it at home as well."

But that's not the only benefit of the garden. 

whether its harvesting beans potatoes, squash, whatever the case may be, instructors say students get to see where the food they eat comes from, and they say that's an invaluable tool for them to use.

 
"We know that when kids interact with things they are more likely to internalize it, and then carry it over into their writing, and their understanding of the science content."

Pinckney says the garden also helps show the kids the importance of agriculture.

"We need to grow farmers jsut as much as we need to grow engineers, and teachers and car salesmen, and we need to make sure we have folks out there that have an appreciation for nature and the environment and the importance of that."

The garden only costs about $250 a year and is funded by grants and through students selling the produce at local farmers markets. And next they plan to grow corn and maybe even okra



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