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Cardiff 1st graders become harvest heroes after donating produce

Posted at 6:17 PM, Feb 06, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-06 21:17:23-05

CARDIFF, Calif. (KGTV) - Cardiff first-graders got their hands dirty this week to help feed the Encinitas community.

The elementary school teamed up with ProduceGood, a San Diego nonprofit that recovers food from orchards, farmer's markets, and small farms to help people who may not know where their next meal is coming from.

"We've never ever had kids who specifically have grown food for their hungry neighbors," said Nita Kurmins Gilson, ProduceGood co-founder.

The students are responsible for taking care of the garden. On Thursday, they harvested vegetables like broccoli, carrots, and radishes.

"I see that the garden is a vehicle to learn other things. Like obviously you're learning how to grow food, but you're also learning about sustainability and caring for your planet, you're learning about eating better," said Jonathan Kardos, the Organic Gardening Instructor for Cardiff Schools.

In total, the students donated nearly 100 pounds to the Community Resource Center, which helps underserved populations.

Kurmins Gilson says that will much food will provide about 300 meals.