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Oct 27, 2011 7:35 AM

Urban gardens cropping up in South Tucson

TUCSON - For the past ten years, Paula McPheeters has been teaching her elementary students how to grow and appreciate their urban garden.

"Our families have limited food access...It is an injustice and the families, children and I are fighting back and growing our own food," McPheeters said.

McPheeters said every morning students capture the beauty of their garden on paper, and parents help with other duties to keep the garden and children's curiosity growing.

"Together we prepare the soil, plants the seeds, and tend the garden. And it gives children and adults the opportunity to reconnect with mother earth,"McPheeters said.

Maria Molina Vai-Sevoi said having an urban garden in South Tucson has been a unique learning experience for her daughter.

"Here they plant their seeds and success is the flower. The things they produce when they put the seeds in the ground, by caring for the plants by watering them. They learn about community,"Vai-Sevoi said.

"Juan Carlos Garcia said his son Carlos looks forward to gardening with his classmates every day and has improved eating habits back home, "Garcia said.

"My son is eating healthy here and we try to eat healthy at home," Garcia said.

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