garden on campus at the Virginia School for the Deaf and Blind
Students at the Virginia School
for the Deaf and Blind are getting their hands dirty in the very first garden
It's part of the CROPS
program, which stands for cooperation, respect, opportunity, perseverance and
Organizers say they're
using gardening to help connect students to the community and their
environment. The kids are growing the vegetables from seed and are already
harvesting some of the produce.
"They become the
caretakers of these plants that they're helping to raise. So it gives them a
tremendous amount of confidence and pride. It's amazing to see their reactions
after they've been part of the process of growing something. And the surprise
even on their face as they discover they like a new vegetable," said Nicholas
Swanson, CROPS organizer.
VSDB is also working on
adding a sensory garden to the campus with plants that appeal to the senses of
smell, touch and taste.
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