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      Students learn importance of farming

      Lake Park Elementary School students are learning the importance of eating fresh and local through the "Our Farmers Our Food" Farm-to-School program.The program connects farmers to students by having the students help farmers supply fresh produce. Lake Park students enjoyed fresh collard greens grown from their own garden Wednesday afternoon.There are now five "teaching gardens" in Dougherty County. The first one was started at Lincoln Elementary Magnet School last year."We've got to make sure we not only introduce healthy fruits and vegetables...but more importantly to incorporate a core content..and that is math, science, and technology," said Blaine Allen, School Nutrition Director for Dougherty County Schools.The other gardens are located at Alice Coachman Elementary, Lincoln Elementary, Turner Elementary, and Radium Springs.Allen says the success of the program would not have been possible without the parents who assisted in building the raised bed gardens and the school administration which is coordinating the curriculum.

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