Rosedale Middle School students use science project to help feed community

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KANSAS CITY, Kan. --  Students at Rosedale Middle School are strengthening their community by creating free food sources for neighbors.

The garden is part of a science project at the school, where kids are also creating a prairie grass sanctuary and small pond.

But by planting apple, pear and berry trees in the school's courtyard, the students are developing an urban orchard to feed people nearby with nutritious fruit. The orchard also serves a refuge for birds and animals, providing food for them, too.

"I want the kids to take ownership of the learning space," said Chris Clemmons, seventh grade science teacher.  "Before this place, you can still kind of see, there's a lot of dead spots, there's a lot of weeds, and it just really did look stark. Kids didn't feel good about coming to school, and hopefully with this we can kind of transform that."

The Giving Grove, which was created by the Kansas City Community Gardens, is working to create more than 60 neighborhood orchards at schools, churches and senior centers.

The group says all the orchards it plants has the potential to provide 250,000 pounds of fresh produce to working class families and neighborhoods.

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