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School garden symposium sprouts green ideas for teachers, students

The Sacramento Bee – Sammy Caiola

“The sun blazed over The Met Sacramento High School’s courtyard Saturday as hundreds of farm-to-fork enthusiasts traversed between classrooms, grabbing a fresh apple or a packet of seeds along the way. The group gathered for the first day of “A Garden in Every School” symposium, the first event of its kind in the Sacramento region. The educators, volunteers and community organizers were in attendance to hammer out a plan to get gardening into every Sacramento school by 2020. It ends Sunday. The push for widespread school gardening – which has been shown to improve children’s eating habits, learning ability and overall health – took root more than 20 years ago, when state Superintendent of Public Instruction Delaine Eastin publicly proclaimed the need for hands-on access to produce across the state. Eastin kicked off the Saturday event along with Mayor Kevin Johnson.”(more)

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