Web Extra: Nixa Students Earn 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. 

“We’re taking some of the produce that’s from our school gardening program. And we’re just trying to teach the kiddos how to preserve and can food and I get to see it from the very beginning. From the seeds to the seedling to the actual plant to the produce. What we’ve done so far is I’ve shown the kids how to blanch the tomatoes to get the tomato skins off of the tomatoes. And then they’ve gone into a water bath and then we’ve had a couple of kiddos chopping onions, chopping fresh basil from the garden chopping oregano and our tomatoes. We’ve kind of made more of a rustic tomato sauce and not necessarily your traditional marinara.

“You can anything you want basically and you can eat it whenever you want.

“A jar helps preserve it for a longer time and we’re going to put the jar in some hot water to help the seal.

“We’re going to make it into a spaghetti sauce. Then we’re going to make homemade spaghetti.”

“We have a whole day out of that.”

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