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State Officials Encourage Kids To Play In The Dirt

In celebration of National Nutrition Month, the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services is hosting kindergarten and third grade students from Roberts Elementary School. The students planted potatoes and learned about the garden.

Third grade teacher, Darlene Lowery says Roberts Elementary has a school garden of its own.

We’re loving it because in our science class we’re studying living things and watching seeds germinate,” Lowery says.

Third grader Tyler Schnittker says he’s learned about the different types of potatoes and mustard greens.

“I saw a lot of different plants and I learned to plant a potato,” Schnittker says.

Farm to School director Lindsey Grubbs says the department hosts seasonal workshops to teach students more about where food comes from and encourage healthy choices.

“The reason why we do this is we want kids to learn the raw state of foods, of how they’re grown, and then also provide them the chance for them to be able to taste it and learn what it tastes like to be fresh,” Grubbs says.

Students also got to sample snacks made with the fresh grown food.

Vanity Duran is a Broadcast Journalism senior at Florida A&M University. She currently writes for The Famuan, the school newspaper, serves as a reporter for Brand Newz, an online multimedia portal, is founder of UNIDOS (Uniting Nations to Inspire Diverse Opportunities in Society) and serves as an aspiring motivational speaker through her brand LIFE5TYLEZ. Vanity is excited to be interning with WFSU while preparing to graduate with a bachelor's degree in May 2015.