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Youngsters take pride in community garden

Eight youngsters at the International Flavors Community Garden plot on West 18th Street in Erie, Pennsylvania, have helped clear away their patch for the winter after a fruitful summer.

The children worked on the garden through an Erie School District after-school program called Creating Healthy Active Members Planning to Succeed.

Garden supplies were paid for through the Irving Elementary School program and coordinated by Sister Phyllis Hilbert of the Sisters of St Joseph.

Master gardener Gary McEnery told the Erie Times that the children had taken great pride in looking after the garden and he said they were excited to be able to plant and nurture their own produce.

Sister Hilbert added: "It brings the community together and provides an oasis. I have found that when you give people something of beauty, they respect it."

A number of schools in Hawaii recently received grants for products such as greenhouses to help improve the quality of food and agricultural sciences education in the state.