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Community gardening is growing on families

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Harper Fish is a little picky about her food.

But not in the I-only-want-chicken-nuggets kind of way.

The Annapolis 4-year-old loves fruits and vegetables — but only if they come from her garden. Since she was 2, Harper has grown her own food in a community garden at Kinder Farm Park in Millersville. Harper, her mother Lynne and father Jeremy farm a 100-square-foot plot at Kinder Farm. They grow squash, cucumbers, zucchini, broccoli, watermelon, peppers, strawberries and blueberries that rarely make it out of the garden.

“Those are her favorite,” Lynne says. “She will eat basically anything she grows, which isn’t the case when we go to the store. Gardening has made her a more adventurous eater.”

Before Harper was born, Lynne and Jeremy knew they wanted to teach their children about food and healthy eating. When they first heard about community gardens, they signed up at Kinder Farm Park and were placed on a waiting list for a few years. They hoped that through community gardening, where people rent plots of land, they would to learn how to garden successfully. What better way than by watching, listening and working beside master gardeners?

To learn more about families who tend community gardens and the gardens available in the Baltimore/Annapolis area read our story Community gardens blossom in Maryland

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