Youngsters learn value of homegrown vegetables

Jul. 21, 2013 @ 08:13 AM

Young students in the Vance-Granville Community College Child Care Center at the main campus in Henderson have gotten lessons on homegrown vegetables and healthy eating.

Soil and plants donated by Michael and Bridget Waters have been utilized in the raised bed constructed by students in the college’s carpentry program under the direction of Keith Tunstall.

The youngsters have been taught how to grow healthy food in the vegetable garden located on their playground.

“We’ve planted several varieties of peppers and tomatoes as well as okra, squash, zucchini, rosemary and basil,” said Denise Gill, the child day care center director, in a prepared statement from the college. “As part of this project, the children have done the planting, watering and harvesting.”

Lakeeta Vaughan, the center’s cook, has prepared several of the vegetables for lunch and snacks, including zucchini bread.