Created: 09/23/2013 11:36 AM
By: Heather Mills, KOB Eyewitness News 4
Students at an Albuquerque elementary school are taking ownership of something that's teaching them a very valuable life lesson, starting from the ground up.
In the center of the city, situated off a well-traveled street, curiosity is growing. It's harvest time at the Coronado Elementary School garden.
Coronado is a dual-language school with a goal of bi-literacy. But, it's not just desks and books, these students get to experience their lessons.
"Academic areas, like lifecycles and plants and different parts of plants and that kind of thing," teacher Sarah Lopez said.
With the help of the Albuquerque-Area Master Gardeners, this garden is too good to resist. One student exclaimed about a tomato, "It tastes kind of sweet!"
Teresa Edens with the Master Gardeners said, "The kids are so amazing. If they pick it, they will eat it." Lopez added, "Kids that will not eat produce in the cafeteria, will come over here and if they can pick it off the plant themselves, they will pop it in their mouth. They love to do that."
The kids don't seem to mind the work that goes into it, either. One student said, "It's fun to get dirty, sometimes."
They're picking with purpose. "You get to help people with the food that you collect," another student said.
The student council decided to donate this year's entire crop to Encuentro, which is right across the street from the school. The center helps families in need who have recently moved to New Mexico.
"It's really moving that it comes from children, working and learning," said Teresa Guevara from Encuentro.
There are 65 gardens at schools across the Albuquerque area. The Master Gardeners help out with many of them. The garden at Coronado is in its fourth year. The school is hoping it can eventually sustain a weekly salad bar for the students.