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Loaded up, ready-made garden kit is 'win-win' for Weaverville students

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Fifth graders at North Windy Ridge Intermediate School are taking a more hands-on approach when it comes to learning about their fruits and vegetables. (Photo credit: WLOS staff)

"Butternut squash, acorn squash, pumpkin in that one."

Fifth graders at North Windy Ridge Intermediate School are taking a more hands-on approach when it comes to learning about their fruits and vegetables.

It's all thanks to Project Learning Garden.

The garden comes with five raised beds, soil and seedlings, lesson kits, supplies, a fully equipped garden cooking cart and strategies for summer garden maintenance.

"We found the kids are more likely to try different fruits and vegetables that maybe they won't be too keen on trying at home," said Marty Ordman of Dole Packaged Foods. "This way they are involved in it, and are really a part of the process of learning where the food comes from, and much more up to try things. So it's a win-win."

North Windy Ridge Intermediate is the second Buncombe County School to receive a Project Learning Garden.

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