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From the Ground to the Table

“Can anyone tell me what plant has a stem that we eat?”

The kids seemed stumped. They could answer the plants that we eat the root and the plants that we eat seeds, but a stem?

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It was part of a lesson from Cent$ible Nutrition, a program through the University of Wyoming Cooperative Extension. The Paradise Valley Club visits the extension building once a week during the summer to learn about plants, gardening, and making good food choices.

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Members spent part of their time in the garden learning the importance of weeding.

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Once the soil was free of weeds, the kids each planted an onion.

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They will check the progress of the onion’s growth over the summer and learn what it takes to successfully grow a plant from bulb to harvest.

During another lesson, they learned about germs and the importance of washing your hands especially before and after handling food.

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To round out the visit, the kids used the stem of a plant to make a healthy snack. The extension educators demonstrated how to make an edible butterfly using celery (the stem of a plant), peanut butter yogurt sauce, pretzels and raisins, while explaining the role of a butterfly in pollination.

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