POSTED: Tuesday, June 4, 2013 - 5:53pm
UPDATED: Tuesday, June 18, 2013 - 3:47pm
Tyler, TX — The Texas Agrilife Extension wants more schools to get involved in gardening.
They want kids to understand where food comes from.
Agrilife is partnering with schools promoting a project to give students a hands-on approach to crop production.
Texas Agrilife Extension agents want to see more gardens grown in schools.
"It's important for these kids to learn where these foods come from, a lot of kids in today's time thinks their food comes from the grocery store," says Chad Gulley, Extension Agent.
Agrilife is currently working on a garden project with an elementary school on the Texas Pandhandle.
The purpose of the project "A research and hands-on approach for students to understand the importance of specialty and good health."
"It is hard to implement and stack it on top of what the teachers do, if we could find a parent teacher group that can help those teachers out I don't see why there can't be community garden at every school," says Ashley Pellerin, Prairie View, Extension Agent.
"Here in Smith County we are getting lot of phone calls from schools, we have some schools that started community gardens or school gardens for their kids, raise beds," says says Chad Gulley, Extension Agent.
An Agrilife Extension Agent tells us, they want to get to start working with schools in East Texas, and East Texas schools are interested.
Chad Gulley from Smith County Agrilife tells us, kids need to get their hands in the dirt and plant a garden, so when kids take that next bite of sweet fruit they'll know where it came from.