Students at Fred Assam Elementary School participate in the Farm to School program

MINNEHAHA COUNTY, SD (KELO) — Some fourth-graders at KELOLAND are taking a lesson in growing food.

Students got their hands dirty at Fred Assam Elementary School in the Brandon Valley School District.

With the help of Cherry Rock Farms near Brandon, nearly 70 grade four students planted microgreens.

“It’s going to taste exactly like a snow pea,” said Laura Patzer, owner of Cherry Rock Farms.

Fourth graders planted the microgreens in recycled milk cartons.

It is up to young producers to ensure that they have a good harvest.

“For the next ten days, they’re going to tend to these seeds, watch them grow into little plants,” Patzer said.

Ten-year-old Maxwell Steiner gives the project a green boost.

“It makes us excited about growing plants and eating healthy vegetables,” said Grade 4 student Maxwell Steiner.

“I think Farm to School is a really good concept for getting kids to experience where their food comes from, and that’s just a small part of where that food comes from,” said Alison Eddy, dietician at the Brandon Valley School District.

Through the Farm to School program, children deepen this lesson.

“It’s really important to show kids that it’s something you can do at home. It’s something you can do as you get older. It’s a trait you can take with you. It’s really important that we show them that the gardens have to come back. You have to be able to grow your own food,” Patzer said.

The children hope to harvest and eat the snap peas on May 10.