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Students at Mansfield's Tarver-Rendon Elementary Grow Their Own Produce

Dec 05, 2017 09:34PM ● By Melanie Heisinger

Courtesy of the Tarver-Rendon website.

Tarver-Rendon Elementary School in Mansfield, Texas has started a new program, and it is all about planting, growing, and eating their own food. 

Courtesy of the Tarver-Rendon website.

Tarver-Rendon is also one of the few schools to have a salad bar. According to a Tarver-Rendon news release, "Mansfield ISD Student Nutrition is working with local and regional growers to provide fresh fruit and vegetables for our students during lunch." 

These locally sourced items pair with the items that the students have grown. It's a winning combo.

This program, called the School of Agricultural Leadership, was part of Superintendent Jim Vaszauskas' s vision to offer schools of choice in the district. The goal of the program is to introduce students to the impact of growing their own food, and how positive it is. 

It's official, Tarver-Rendon is now an Agriculture Leadership School. 

Students work in the garden and help cultivate the produce. The hope is that they are able to correlate their experience in the garden to their experience in the classroom.

And bonus, they get to eat it, too! 

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