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Community gardens coming to local schools

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KENNEWICK, Wash.-- Community gardens coming to local schools. Community gardens are becoming more popular in the Tri-Cities and they're even growing into the school systems.

Park Middle School, Legacy High School and Kamiakin High School have all started growing fruits and vegetables. The idea came from students who wanted healthier foods.

Teachers say the gardens help with the student's study habits and health. The gardens teach kids the importance of nutrition.

After school coordinator Irene Noll says"it's much sweeter and healthier foods. You don't get the pesticides. You know what's going into it. You know what is in the dirt and it is just a great way to feed your family."

The students are growing a variety of vegetables like cucumbers, tomatoes and jalapenos. This year they plan to make the gardens bigger with a larger variety of produce than last year.