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Growing more than just vegetables

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PLANT CITY (FOX 13) -

They have cute names like Taco Garden, Ratatouille and Stir-Fry. They are complete gardening kits. "Growums" makes them and then teaches kids that gardening is healthy and can be fun -- and that their food doesn't come from the grocery store.

"This really helps put them back in touch with where their food comes from and it really encourages them to try vegetables they might not otherwise. There's a study that shows if a kid grows a vegetable, there's a ninety-percent chance they'll eat it," explained Rip Stalvey with Growums.

Growums teamed up with "In The Field" magazine, an agriculture magazine. They met up at Springhead Elementary School in Plant City. Third graders were shown how to plant and grow their own garden.

Mallory Smith, 9, loved getting her hands dirty. "It's kind of cool because you're acting like you're a little farmer, you're making your own food."

The kits have all the right seeds for vegetables, and even seasoning, in each pack to make a meal.

The ratatouille kit has seeds for bell peppers, eggplant, tomato and zucchini. The salad kit had seeds for carrots, cucumbers, romaine lettuce and tomatoes.

Jack Stockard, 9, was amazed at the little seeds. "My assignment was the carrots. They were small. But the pea seeds were huge, they were about this big."

While Jack loved planting the seeds, he's not too keen on what's going to grow from them.

"I don't really like vegetables," he admitted.

Mallory does, though. "My favorite vegetables are broccoli and carrots."

She has her own garden at home.

"I think it's really good because you get to pick them. And they say the food we grow is best. And I think that's true."

The school will receive enough seed kits to grow several hundred pounds of vegetables. Both In the Field Magazine and Growums will follow up as needed to ensure the students and their gardens are successful.

The students will tend to their gardens each week, watching them grow into tiny plants and then into yummy vegetables -- vegetables that maybe even Jack, will eat.

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