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The main focus of the program is to encourage students to eat vegetables and keep track of their nutritional needs. The students also learn about sustainable living and the benefits of eating organic.
They learn about the different parts of the plant, where their food comes from, we give them a selection of vegetables to sample, and we tour them around the farm,” Bingaman said. "We want kids to know their vegetables, to know where their food comes from.’
It is information the participants say they will take to heart.
"In the stores, you don't know what they put in. Lots of chemicals are put in there and those chemicals are really bad for you,” Vegetable Literacy participant Lizbeth Mejia said. “It's always great to buy local."
"It's very fun. I learned a lot and hopefully I’ll get to come back,” Vegetable Literacy participant Lydia Lemus said.
The Vegetable Literacy program was made possible by a $8,000 grant from Summit Health Endowment and a $3,000 grant from the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection.