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Fresno kids learning life lessons through hands-on farming

“I wouldn’t have even thought to try it. It sounded nasty to me,” student Qyerra Goree said. “I was like, ‘I’m not eating it.’ And then I ate it, and I was like, ‘Oh, this is good.'”

By Corin Hoggard
July 22, 2017


Hiding in the heart of the old southwest Fresno neighborhood is a small plot of hope. The kids walking through the corn stalks, and the vines are the hands who grew the crops from scratch.

“We’ve been growing the plants now for about two months,” Laila Else from Freedom School said.

This urban farm at the Freedom School serves several purposes. The students take pride in delivering the final product to guests, and they’re selling boxes to raise money for their school.

But the whole process involves math and even writing. They kept journals as they learned how to measure seeds or fertilizer or the yield, and those are skills they can use to build careers in or out of agriculture.

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