More kids in Charlottesville will learn how to grow fruits and vegetables this year thanks to the City Schoolyard Garden.
The program gives kids a place to learn about gardening while allowing teachers the opportunity to incorporate hands-on experience into their curriculum.
Linda Winecoff is the program director for the City Schoolyard Garden and says because of grants from the Whole Kids Foundation and Dominion Virginia Power, $2,000 will be given to each of the six elementary schools in Charlottesville to build or expand a garden.
"This summer we're meeting with design teams and garden teams with each of the elementary schools just to assess their needs, to find out exactly what they want, what kind of activity and curriculum they're looking for, and which ones we can provide," Winecoff said.
Charlottesville City Parks and Recreation also donated $400 to build a small tool shed at the Buford Middle School garden.
The City Schoolyard Garden began in 2010 at Buford Middle School and continues to gain support. Recently it received $32,000 from Charlottesville City Schools with an emphasis on elementary school programs, and $32,000 from the Charlottesville Area Community Foundation.
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