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Kids in the garden: City Sprouts summer camp

By Celeste Tholen Rosenlof | Posted - Jun. 13, 2011 at 1:10 p.m.


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SALT LAKE CITY -- Adventures in the garden and discovering its biology offers an education about food that is not fast at the Wasatch Community Gardens City Sprouts summer camp.

The week-long camp, offered to kids ages 4-10, emphasizes healthy eating and teaches kids through exploration in the dirt about the eco-system, urban farming and how good fresh produce can taste.

"You won't see kids scrunching their noses at a fresh tomato off the vine when they grow it from seed and care for the plant through its life cycle," Julie Rabb, Youth Program director at Wasatch Community Gardens said. "It's more likely that they'll have a hard time leaving some on the plant for other students!"

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The summer camp is the first time the youth gardening program has been available to children outside of low-income advocacy agencies like the Boys and Girls Club. The garden typically serves children who may not have access to healthy food, though they offer many community education programs.

"We empower people of all ages and all incomes to grow and eat healthy and nutritious organic food," said Rabb.

The Wasatch Community Gardens is a non-profit program that gives kids the opportunity to learn about the importance of healthy, fresh food in their award-winning youth programs. They also make available community gardening spaces, volunteer opportunities and educational workshops for all individuals.

Scholarships are available for those without means to pay.

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