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Minnehaha students build 'Kinder-Garden'

(From left) Joren Weideman, Natalie Falk, Jaelyn Lushine, Kaiden Weideman, Ann Ferrari, Toby McDonald and Marshal Bailey, part of Minnehaha Elementary School's kindergarten class, built a "Kinder-Garden" in front of the school for the students to learn about plants and grow some of their own food. (Photo courtesy of Ann Ferrari)1 / 2
Joren and Kaiden Weideman even out the soil in the new "Kinder-Garden" in the front of Minnehaha Elementary School in Two Harbors. (Photo courtesy of Ann Ferrari)2 / 2

Kindergartners at Minnehaha Elementary School in Two Harbors recently completed building a 'Kinder-Garden' in front of the school which will allow them to watch as the bulbs they planted to grow and bloom as the school year winds down in the spring.

The garden is an ongoing project where children will learn about seeds, plants, bugs, worms, butterflies and weather. When the flowers and plants bloom and grow in the spring, children will identify tulips, daffodils, colors, shapes and patterns. In later grades, students will learn about biodiversity, pollination and photosynthesis. Different edible plants will be planted in the spring and some of those will be harvested in the fall by next year's kindergarteners.

Teacher Ann Ferrari said the project was supported from the beginning by Minnehaha principal Brett Archer and Lake Superior School District superintendent Bill Crandall as well as Minnehaha building engineer Scott Larson. Archer contacted Tracy Gilsvik, Lake County's Statewide Health Improvement Program coordinator, who was able to secure a Farm to School grant and help purchase soil from Anderson's Greenhouse and tools and supplies from the True Value Hardware store in Two Harbors.

Ferrari also said she plans to invite some Lake County master gardeners to share their knowledge with the kindergartners throughout the year.

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