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St. Petersburg elementary school students growing peppers and pride in the Edible Peace Patch

Cherries, berries and kale ready for harvest
kids growing vegetables in garden
Posted at 4:01 AM, Apr 30, 2019
and last updated 2019-04-30 05:44:53-04

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Maliyah wants to grow food for her family.

Kimora wants to grow food for homeless people.

Nadia just wants people to know kale tastes really, really good.

These green thumb grade-schoolers at Campbell Park Elementary, which sits in the shadow of Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, take great pride in how their garden is growing.

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The Edible Peace Patch is lush and bountiful.

On this special week, the vegetables and fruit are ready to be harvested.

The garden project is part of 21st Century iClass, a federally funded program bringing eclectic activities to 10 Tampa Bay area schools with a large number of low-income families.

“My philosophy has always been that we are planting seeds,” says award-winning educator Debra Canning, a manager for 21st Century iClass.

Canning also hosts a yoga-centric after-school class called Mindful Movement.

The Edible Peace Patch teaches students sense of ownership and responsibility, as well as taking healthy care of themselves and their community.