SLIDESHOW: Backyard garden educates and supplies food for children

Thursday, May 27, 2010 | 10:11 p.m. CDT; updated 3:04 p.m. CDT, Friday, May 28, 2010
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Kilgore’s Medical Pharmacy recently donated land to the Nora Stewart Early Learning Center.

*CLARIFICATION: Kilgore's volunteered the plot for use by the Nora Stewart Early Learning Center and still owns the land. An earlier version of this story said Kilgore's had donated the plot.

COLUMBIA — Kilgore’s Medical Pharmacy recently opened* a plot of land on its property to the Nora Stewart Early Learning Center to start a garden that will supply fresh food for children. Ann Bromstedt, the co-owner of Kilgore’s, came up with this idea and cooperated with the school to put in the garden.

Green beans, tomatoes, peppers, onions, strawberries, cantaloupe, watermelon, cucumbers, carrots and corn are growing in the garden.

Bromstedt said she intended not only to supply food for children, but also to educate them on where their food comes from.

"We help kids understand their food comes from ground, not just the grocery store," Bromstedt said. "When they understand that, they start to appreciate the food and live a healthier life."

According to Bromstedt, 30 years ago everyone in the neighborhood had a backyard garden.

"We are trying to develop a health partnership with the neighborhood," she said. "Kids learn it for the rest of their lives."



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