DPS teams with Eastern Market for new gardening program

DETROIT (WXYZ) - A new Detroit Public School's initiative will create 45 school gardens as a way to teach students about things like nutrition and composting while expanding access to fresh fruits and vegetables.

The Detroit School Garden Collaborative is designed as a living laboratory for students.

Schools that are participating in the program will have a fully functional garden built on school property. They will also become art of the Garden Collaborative, which will give them membership in The Garden Resource Program through the Greening of Detroit.

As part of the Program they will have access to seeds, plants, compost, technical assistance, soil testing, professional development and other forms of support.

Each site will get a Garden Aide and Garden Manager Support.

Detroit Public Schools will be partnering with Greening of Detroit, United Way for Southeastern Michigan, Detroit Medical Center and Eastern Market Corporation as part of the effort.

The initiative will be paid through federal funds for federal school meals, child nutrition programs and increase access to healthy food for low-income children.

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