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Weston Kids Dig Into Garden, From Seeds to Veggies

Allie Ruiz, a junior at Weston High School, had her hands in the dirt Tuesday, pulling weeds from the school garden.

"It's nice to get away from school and relax with other people," said Ruiz. The high school's garden club meets every Tuesday afternoon to work in the garden.

Students, with the help of teachers Susan Pastor, Jennifer Klein and Jack Kingston, planted seeds in February in the greenhouse. The plants will be moved to the garden later this week.

"Last year, we grew lettuce, tomatoes and cucumbers for the cafeteria. We all have to go green — we need to learn to sustain ourselves," said Pastor. "We're trying to expose the kids that wouldn't normally have an opportunity to garden — to smell a tomato plant."

More than 100 plants will grow in the garden this year, including, tomatoes, peas, lettuce, cucumbers, zucchini, peppers and herbs. Last year was the school's first with the garden. Some of its vegetables were donated to the food bank and the soup kitchen in Weston.

"It's a great connection with kids outside of the classroom. Last week, I was teaching American history and four boys from the class came out gardening with me after," said Klein. She was a "crazy gardener" before moving to deer country and is waiting to build a fence to start up again.

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