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VSDB Students Learn New Skills with Campus Garden

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Students at the Virginia School for the Deaf and Blind are getting their hands dirty in the very first garden on campus.

It's part of the CROPS program, which stands for cooperation, respect, opportunity, perseverance and skills.

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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