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Nibley Park students plant community garden

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Posted at 5:02 PM, May 10, 2013
and last updated 2013-05-10 20:10:58-04

SALT LAKE CITY - Students at Nibley Park Elementary in Salt Lake City are getting their hands dirty building a community garden. The project is designed to teach them about sustainability, healthy living and paying it forward.

The kids are doing the important part right now by laying the soil and planting the seeds, and by the time they come back to school next year, they'll have a garden.

When the fruits and veggies are grown, the kids will donate them to the Utah Food Bank.

"The goal is for kids to be able to help their community by growing food. There are a lot of ways that kids can't help out in their community, but growing food is a great way for even the smallest kindergartener to be able give back and support their community," said parent Aimee Horman.

During the summer, the kids can come back and help, but it's supposed to be a garden tended by anyone in the neighborhood.

"I think it will help out a lot of people in our community, especially people who are homeless so they have food," said sixth grader Jalen Thompson.

Teachers say they hope the work taught the kids about sustainable living while getting the kids interested in contributing to their community...and maybe even getting them to eat their veggies.

"I don't eat tomatoes but I probably want to try this now," Jalen said.