Posted 4:00 AM 4/30/2012 : Youth with Tucson Village Farm to greet the First Lady
A local program getting some national attention Monday. Representatives from Tucson Village Farm will greet First Lady Michelle Obama when she touches down in Tucson. The urban farm has served more than 10,000 people since it first broke ground two years ago and the goal is to get young people growing, harvesting and preparing their own food, all while getting them moving around outside.
"We teach them how to cook and how to plant and harvest and water the crops," said 11-year-old Alex Sparks, who volunteers at the farm.
You might be surprised to find this farm parked beside a busy city street. Hundreds of kids visit the Tucson Village Farm every week for a variety of educational programs with the same core values as First Lady Michelle Obama's "Let's Move" campaign. So when the White House contacted the farm, it was almost too good to be true.
"Smiling as big as possible, extremely happy, almost didn't even believe it," said James Ianni, one of several volunteers who will greet the First Lady.
The program's coordinator hopes the quick meet and greet will help transform the Tucson Village Farm into a national model.
"We've found time and time again that when kids see food growing and have a hand in either harvesting it, cultivating it, they eat it every single time," said Leza Carter.
Tucson Village Farm relies solely on community donations and grants. If you would like to help or get more information, click here.
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