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Head Start Families Collaborate With Grow Ohio Valley to Reap the Harvest

A collaboration between the Northern Panhandle Head Start North Park Center and Grow Ohio Valley will put fresh food on the tables of Head Start children.

Planting took place Aug. 9 at the Head Start center on Finch Avenue. Volunteers from Grow Ohio Valley, Ohio County Head Start staff, children and families met up at the North Park location to begin the planting process of a sustainable food garden.

Among the vegetables planted are herbs, beets, carrots, radishes, peas and green beans. Families and staff also participated in decorating the garden fence.

Northern Panhandle Head Start Inc. has partnered with Grow Ohio Valley to incorporate the sustainable food garden. The care and harvesting of the garden will be integrated into the children’s curriculum. Thirteen garden beds were installed Aug. 2 with planting the next week.

Grow Ohio Valley Executive Director Kenneth Peralta and Master Gardner Danny Swan were very excited to pass on their knowledge of gardening sustainable food sources.

“Our purpose for the garden is to use the harvest for cooking experiences within the classroom and to provide families with fresh vegetables to take home,” Marlene Midget, executive director of NPHS, said.

The Northern Panhandle Head Start Inc. program provides comprehensive, early childhood development services for income eligible families with children ages birth-5 including services to pregnant women who reside in Hancock, Brooke, Ohio, Marshal or Wetzel counties in West Virginia.

There is no fee for the program and transportation is provided in most areas. For more information about the sustainable food garden or to locate a head start center, call 304-233-3290 or visit the agency’s website at www.npheadstart.org.


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