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Planting the Seed

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Kids aren't expected to keep their fingernails clean at the Boise Urban Garden School Summer Program. From June 17 through August 7, area dirt-diggers will learn about local agriculture by planting and harvesting their own veggies. BUGS was founded in 2003 to educate the community about what we put into our mouths. The garden provides an escape for residents who have lost touch with the land and teaches cooking skills in the school's kitchen.

"Our big question is, 'Where does our food come from?'" said executive director, Becky Morgan.

Field trips to area farms and grocery stores show kids the economic spider web tying producers to transporters to consumers. The garden will also host a farm stand every Wednesday staffed by camp goers and their parents. Morgan hopes this process will help open a dialogue about food.

"There's a big disconnect between kids and food, and kids and the outdoors," Morgan said. "The educational system pushes kids inside and we hope to draw them outside to connect with the environment in a meaningful way."

The BUGS camp is currently full for the summer, but there is a waiting list in the event that anyone drops out. The camp meets every Tuesday through Thursday, 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. After gardening, each session will also treat students to a fresh lunch whipped up by fellow campers. Now that's a true Happy Meal.

—Tara Morgan

4821 W. Franklin Rd. For more information contact Becky Morgan at 208-890-0782 or visit boiseurbangardenschool.org.

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