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      Garden & Grow Program still going strong after 15 years

      The University of Missouri Extension Office in Adair County held its annual Garden & Grow Youth Program this summer.

      Some Heartland kids are learning first-hand where their food comes from.

      The University of Missouri Extension Office in Adair County has been holding its annual Garden & Grow Youth Program since early June.

      The three-month program teaches kids how to properly plant and grow a productive garden, from planting seeds and fertilizing soil to watering.

      For both the kids and instructors, it was quite the learning experience.

      "Cooking vegetables seeing different ways you can do them like making them to a pizza and frying squash which is so good," said participant Melanie Cody. "Pickles making omelets using vegetables. We do cook a wide variety of things and show them how to use their produce," said said Jennifer Schutter, Extension horticulture specialist.

      The Garden & Grow program has been held annually for the past 15 years. It is open to kids from ages 8 to 13.