What began as an educational garden pilot project for preschoolers at Appalachian State University’s Child Development Center is growing into something much larger, yielding opportunity for kids all over the High Country. 

The Lettuce Learn project aims to bring educational gardens to local elementary and preschools to teach children about agriculture, farming and healthy eating, all while instilling in them an appreciation for the natural world and its bountiful gifts, according to founder and ASU educator (and graduate student) Courtney Baines Smith.

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