Local students get to play in the dirt while learning about healthy eating

Local students get to play in the dirt while learning about healthy eating
School gardening training (Source: Clemson Extension's School Gardening for South Carolina Educators)

COLUMBIA, SC (WMBF) – Two local schools have been picked to take part in a gardening assistance program in South Carolina.

The South Carolina Department of Education announced Tuesday the creation of the School Garden and Education Instruction Assistance Program. It’s administered by Clemson Extension’s School Gardening for South Carolina Educators.

Wallace Elementary School in Marlboro County and Latta High School in Dillon County are two of 20 schools to take part in the program.

The goal is to introduce children to hands-on agriculture and nutrition education. It also encourages public schools to use locally grown South Carolina produce in their school menus.

The effort will support better health outcomes for children and economic opportunities for local farmers.

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