By: Courtney Graves
If you think it’s difficult getting middle school students to eat fruits and vegetables, try having them grow and cook their own too. That’s exactly what the Master Food Volunteer Program, with the help of Extension Master Gardeners of the Virginia Cooperative Extension, is doing with their “Food For Thought” project. The program has established four 45-minute classes each quarter at James Madison Middle School in Roanoke, Virginia to show kids the benefits of making food for themselves. Students learn plant anatomy, gardening techniques, and cooking skills that they can later share with their families.