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Students learning how to grow and cook their own food

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In about a month, students at Rapaport Academy will be harvesting a crop of fresh vegetables that they've grown with their own hands. 

The school has a class for seventh graders, where the students learn how to plant, take care of, cultivate, and then cook the crops that they plant. A couple of the middle schoolers in the class said they're learning while they're working in their gardens. 

"I'm learning a lot of stuff about plants and how to grow it," said Truman Cunningham. 

"I learned which kind of fruit and vegetables are good to eat, said Anastasia Olivarri. "I learned that we can just make without buying it," she added. 

Jill Barrow is the science teacher who instructs the seventh graders. She said teaching nutrition and sustainability is what class is all about.

"Where is the best nutrition? Not in processed foods but in whole foods, our fresh foods," Barrow said. "We're hoping that they will take what they learned here home, plant a garden, and know that they can sustain their families."

Barrow said that the students are in charge of their gardens from start to finish.

"They begin by examining the soil... then they were given a list of vegetables that they can plant... once they planned their garden, then they're responsible for planting the garden," she said. "Then they have to take care of the gardens -- they have to weed them, they are totally responsible for their own little garden."

The teacher says after the students harvest what they grow, the real fun begins. 

"Once we harvest it, that's when the fun begins, because then we get to learn how to cook it."

Learning how to cook is something both Cunningham and Olivarri said they could benefit from. 

"I do not know how to cook at all," Cunningham said. 

"I only know how to cook Ramen noodles," Olivarri said.

But Barrow said that the kids will learn how to cook sooner than later. 

"Give us four weeks and we'll be harvesting," Barrow said that's the case for the transplanted plants. "We're looking at six weeks, eight weeks for the seeds."

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