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Nourishing Children Through Hands-On Gardens


St. Petersburg has several “food deserts,” or areas where fresh fruits and vegetables are not readily available due to a lack of grocery stores, farmers’ markets and other healthy food providers.

The Edible Peace Patch Project teaches children in these areas how to grow and harvest foods, such as papaya and tomatoes, through hands-on educational gardens. The St. Petersburg-based nonprofit maintains gardens in seven Title I schools, with its newest garden at Gulfport Elementary.

Cultivating Community, Edible Peace Patch’s annual fundraiser, is at 7 p.m. April 28 at Duncan McClellan’s Art Gallery. Tickets are $75 per person.

Leah Saunders, B2 Communications

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