Nixa Sixth Graders Earn Their Green Thumbs

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NIXA, Mo. — Students at John Thomas School of Discovery in Nixa are not only learning how to grow tomatoes but how to can it and keep it.

These sixth graders have earned their “green thumbs” through their school gardening program. 

Now they’re learning how to preserve the food through canning. 

At the end of the season when the students don’t have enough produce to donate or sell at the farmer’s market, they learn how they can take the leftovers home to their families. 

Their teacher says it’s more than the science of it. 

“So many of them, have never … they didn’t even know what canning was or that you could can and preserve food and have fresh vegetables in the winter time when they are not something that we see around here in the Ozarks,” teacher Tracy Harris said.

They are also learning about the components of soil. 

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