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Promoting access to healthy food in Monroe County and the Tomah, Sparta and Norwalk-Ontario-Wilton school districts through farm to school efforts
Tomah Area School District students are tending to the garden at Lemonweir Elementary through a summer school class.
They’ve adopted plants in the garden that they measure and track the growth of and work together to harvest and weed.
Eight-year-old Natalie Renaud has learned a lot about gardening from her father and grandmother but said the class and school garden have allowed her to further hone her skills.
“It’s fun,” said Renaud, who will be in thrid grade this fall. “I like to work outside.”
Among her favorite activities are picking weeds and harvesting produce.
Makayla Riffle, 7, prefers picking vegetables, but says “it’s really all fun.” She will be in second grade this fall.
The week of July 1, students harvested spinach and a jalepeno pepper. They also put cages around tomato plants.