Schools Get Creative so Kids Eat Greens

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Kids can be finicky when it comes to filling up on fruits and veggies - “they don’t taste right, they taste funny,” said 13-year-old Kiondre Andino - but sometimes the best way to get picky eaters to eat is to have them pick and grow the food themselves.

And schools in Broward and Palm Beach counties are doing just that.

Students at Parkway Middle School of the Arts in Lauderhill spent Tuesday building a vertical hydroponic garden – or a garden that doesn’t use soil – that will eventually yield vegetables like broccoli, Bok Choy, Swiss chard and bell peppers.

Though he may not the biggest fan of greens, Andino, a seventh grade student at Parkway, said he’d give the vegetables a shot since he helped grow them. “We’re gonna eat ‘em and see how good they are,” he said.

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