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Orca K-8 School

Swiss Chard & Leek Soup

Avery Powell


Kindergartners to sixth-graders attend weekly classes in the school's garden or greenhouse. Whether the kids are slurping fresh tomato sauce or measuring squash, Orca's garden coordinator blogs about it. While the local district paid for the greenhouse, the school covers the cost of the program mainly through fund-raising; last Mother's Day weekend, it netted $8,000 selling plants from nurseries and ones that students started from seeds. "Gardening class is a big reason why my daughters are healthy eaters," says parent volunteer Hannah Morgan. One of their favorite dishes: this veggie-packed soup.

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