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Weston Students Dig Deep for Garden Surprise

Susan Nakos' second-grade class in Weston dug up more than they planted Tuesday when the students went outside to plant pansies for Earth Day.

"I love onions. They smell so good," said Julia Rosenburg, who dug up five wild onions.

Nakos was showing her students how to plant pansies when she rooted around for an onion. The students then went on a mission to dig up all of the onions in the island in front of Hurlbutt Elementary School. The class will put the onions in dirt in the classroom as part of their plant unit, said Nakos.

Lucinda McWeeney's grandson, Brian Nordlinger, is in Nakos' class. She was volunteering Tuesday when the students started digging up the onions.

"In the 19th century, there were a lot of onion farms in this part of Fairfield County. The round onion was created in southern Fairfield County," said McWeeney, who is Westport's former historian. "Onions were a huge profit in trade. They were being shipped to Union soldiers during the Civil War as a source of Vitamin C." Students went inside Tuesday with their hands filled with wild onions, some wishing to take them home.

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