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The Root of Learning: Salem Elementary Students get Hands-on Gardening Experience Building a Teaching Garden


September 19, 2019 -- At Salem Elementary School a lot of growing is taking place – young minds are learning something new each day and now plants, fruits and vegetables are growing this fall season.

Salem Elementary school students spent the day learning what it's like to garden – building the school’s first Teaching Garden. Everything from getting their hands dirty loosening soil, to making delicious plant-based meals thanks the Ohio State University’s Mobile Education Kitchen.

Volunteers from the American Heart Association, State Auto Insurance, and The James Cancer Hospital Solove Research Institute were on hand to teach students about healthy living and the benefits of farm-to-table eating.

“We really just love to teach kids at a young age about healthy eating, staying active for our heart healthy life,” said Candice McKay, with the American Heart Association.

Broccoli, collard greens and lettuce are just a few of the vegetables that were planted in the Teaching Garden, located in the front of the school, so students can see their hard work grow.

Parent Nick Gore says he couldn’t be more excited about today.

“Every aspect of what is happening today is remarkable,” said Nick Gore.

Nick’s two sons attend Salem Elementary School. As the owner of a farm-to-table, Neapolitan wood fire pizza restaurant, called GoreMade Pizza, Nick says it is important that children are educated on what they are consuming and how it grows.

“My favorite vegetable is a cucumber,” said Orion Gore, Nick’s son.

“What I want to do the most is taste the vegetables and what I want to do is plant the vegetables,” said first grader, Aries Gore.

“I think it is important for children to know that they can go to a plant, take something off of it and consume it and be kept alive by that,” said Gore.

Nick also teaches his children about growing fresh produce at home.

“We grow strawberries, raspberries, golden raspberries, blackberries, plums, apricots,” said Orion. 

Lifelong lessons and establishing healthy habits are the goals here at Salem Elementary.