FoodCorps members plant seeds for community health in Van Buren - freetxp

FoodCorps members plant seeds for community health in Van Buren

Tiffany Knight (center), a FoodCorps service member, serves at James Tate Elementary and Oliver Springs Elementary for the 2021-2022 service year in Van Buren.

Tiffany Knight may be a first-time gardener, but the seeds she is planting in Van Buren will be harvested for generations to come.

Knight serves as a FoodCorps service member at James Tate Elementary and Oliver Springs Elementary, alongside Rebecca Christie, who serves at King Elementary and Central Elementary in Van Buren.

“I’m a city girl, so I have never gardened a day in my life,” Knight said. “Really, the kids have been teaching me how to garden.”

Learning goes beyond school walls for the elementary students Christie and Knight work with in FoodCorps, as they dig, plant and harvest in campus gardens.

“We’re responsible for keeping up the gardens, working with the kids … teaching the kids where food comes from, introducing them to different foods that maybe they haven’t tried before,” Christie said. “… Also, part of it is being responsible for maintaining the garden, planting the seeds so that, eventually, when FoodCorps leaves, the schools will be able to continue the garden programming.”

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