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She began planting the tower garden, which she purchased with a grant from the Education Foundation for Billings Public Schools. Rainbow chard, kale, and basil are growing this year.  

For elementary students, especially the youngest, concepts like nutrition can be difficult to truly understand. It’s not just about memorizing facts; it requires a more nuanced understanding of long-term consequences of actions and understanding of how food is created. 

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With gardening, Olson’s students learn how vegetables grow and what can affect that; they move plants into and out of sunlight, water them less and more, and try different varieties.

“You have to be patient and try some things,” Olson said. 



Kerra Olson

Boulder Elementary first grade teacher Kerra Olson talks with her students as they take a look at a hydroponic garden where the class has been growing and harvesting food.


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