Deaf and Blind Students Grow Garden

By: Elizabeth Lamb Email
By: Elizabeth Lamb Email

STAUNTON -- Students at Virginia's School for the Deaf and Blind are learning about eating healthy, local foods. They're doing that by growing their own garden. The idea is to teach students about life outside the classroom.

The program's manager wants good, local foods to be accessible to all students.

“Education about where food is coming from and the natural world is important for every child, and that does not exclude the population of students we have here, who are deaf or blind,” said Nicholas Swanson, the crops program manager.

The garden project started this year and it's paid for by the school.

Blind and deaf students are growing food like carrots, potatoes and kale. The food should be ready this fall.

The school also has a greenhouse, which opened earlier this year.

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