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Growing a Love for Vegetables
Growing a Love for Vegetables
Posted on 12/14/2021
Weaverville Primary is growing knowledge inside and outside the classroom. Mrs. Heather Gast’s kindergarteners are getting their hands dirty this school year by maintaining a vegetable garden and compost pile. All year the class will grow vegetables, take care of worms for the garden, and nurture their own curiosity. By: Breanna Hensley
BCS Communications Dept.

Weaverville Primary is growing knowledge inside and outside the classroom. Mrs. Heather Gast’s kindergarteners are getting their hands dirty this school year by maintaining a vegetable garden and compost pile. All year the class will grow vegetables, take care of worms for the garden, and nurture their own curiosity.

“We have a lot of kids who don’t eat a lot of vegetables,” said Mrs. Gast. “Growing vegetables gives them the interest to try new things. Then sometimes they end up discovering that they like certain foods from the garden.”

Mrs. Gast is excited to have local businesses to help with this ongoing project.

“Ivy Creek Farm in Barnardsville sends vegetables to the school, and the Glass Onion took some kale the class grew and made butternut squash muffins with it,” said Mrs. Gast.

The students learn how different foods grow, and the work that goes into a garden. They also learn about the different foods worms need in order to survive.

“We have been learning a lot about plant life,” says Mrs. Gast. “We focus on what non-living and living organisms need. Plus, we put that knowledge into action with our class garden.”

Many students jump at the opportunity to get their hands in the garden.

“I like learning how to plant and watching the garden grow,” said kindergartener Milly Morgan.

It was not hard for the kids to explain why a garden is important, just ask Blakely Whitner.

“The hardest part is getting your hands dirty, but you have to so you have more food to eat.”

Getting a little dirty and messy is just what Mrs. Gast wants her class to do in order to have a unique learning experience.

“I think it’s really important to let the kids get their hands dirty and have an enriching outdoor learning experience.”

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Weaverville Primary is growing knowledge inside and outside the classroom. Mrs. Heather Gast’s kindergarteners are getting their hands dirty this school year by maintaining a vegetable garden and compost pile. All year the class will grow vegetables, take care of worms for the garden, and nurture their own curiosity.

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