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To celebrate the arrival of spring Penn State Master Gardener volunteers Ann Vayansky, Kim Furry, Beth Siglin, and Ardys Boostrom, visited the Wellsboro classroom of Bradford-Tioga Head Start, Inc. As part of the Penn State University Master Gardener program, these women have received training that assists Cooperative Extension in bringing information to groups and individuals. During this Head Start visit, they read books about planting vegetables and planted seeds with the children.

What kinds of seeds did they plant? Ann chose microgreens for the children to plant in tubs. Microgreens are a vegetable green, harvested after sprouting as shoots. They are used to enhance the attractiveness and taste of dishes because of their delicate textures and distinctive flavors.

The Wellsboro Head Start children are very excited to add their “own” microgreens to a salad. Exposing children to delicious, nutritious food is very important. As a part of the Healthy Kids Club program, children are encouraged to try new foods. So far, they have tried radishes, eggplant, coconut water, banana chips, hummus, and much more. Many thanks to the Master Gardeners for now the children will be able to try microgreens!

Photo Caption:       Master Gardeners from left to right, Kim Furry, Ann Vayansky, Beth Siglin, and Ardys Boostrom pose with the children enrolled in the Wellsboro classroom of Bradford-Tioga Head Start, Inc. after they completed planting microgreens as a class project.