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Garden a learning experience at Mundelein school

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  • Lori Northup, Fremont Elementary School's healthy minds teacher, left, helps students Madisun Flores and Tessa Davis, right, pick kale Tuesday at the school's gardens in Mundelein.

      Lori Northup, Fremont Elementary School's healthy minds teacher, left, helps students Madisun Flores and Tessa Davis, right, pick kale Tuesday at the school's gardens in Mundelein.
    Paul Valade | Staff Photographer

  • Lori Northup, Fremont Elementary School's healthy minds teacher, left, gets harvesting help from parent Anne Davis, left, and students Tessa Davis, Madisun Flores and Lee Davis at the school's gardens Tuesday in Mundelein.

      Lori Northup, Fremont Elementary School's healthy minds teacher, left, gets harvesting help from parent Anne Davis, left, and students Tessa Davis, Madisun Flores and Lee Davis at the school's gardens Tuesday in Mundelein.
    Paul Valade | Staff Photographer

  • Here are some of the vegetables picked Tuesday from the Fremont Elementary School gardens in Mundelein. The items will be donated to the Fremont Township Food Pantry.

      Here are some of the vegetables picked Tuesday from the Fremont Elementary School gardens in Mundelein. The items will be donated to the Fremont Township Food Pantry.
    Paul Valade | Staff Photographer

  • Fremont Elementary School kindergarten student Madisun Flores checks out an eggplant she helped harvest Tuesday at the Mundelein school.

      Fremont Elementary School kindergarten student Madisun Flores checks out an eggplant she helped harvest Tuesday at the Mundelein school.
    Paul Valade | Staff Photographer

 
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Lori Northup, Fremont Elementary School's healthy minds teacher, has been busy this summer tending to the school's vegetable gardens.

Tuesday morning, a handful of students helped her harvest cucumbers, eggplant, squash, broccoli and kale at the kindergarten through second grade school in Mundelein.

Northup said having a garden at the school is a perfect way to introduce students to healthy food alternatives. Once the new school year begins next week, students will still have the chance to help in the gardens. Northup also runs a Taste Test program during the school year when students can sample vegetables.

Most vegetables harvested from the gardens are given to the Fremont Township Food Pantry, where many senior citizens and low-income residents benefit from the donation.

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