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Greenwich, CT | Added on June 23, 2014 At 07:59 PM

Bugs and birds weren't the only things buzzing around the Lapham Preserve in Greenwich. Fourth graders from JFK Magnet School in Port Chester took a tour of the 40 acre space. 

"We will have 24 fourth graders that are actually from an ongoing garden club at their school. So it's already  group that's interested in the outdoors, in nature, and interested in how things grow," said Steve Conaway, the stewardship and outreach manager at Greenwich Land Trust. 

"We grow a variety of crops. We follow a crop rotation and the kids are very involved with the process. Right now in our garden we have broccoli, basil, tomatoes, onions, garlic," said fourth grade teacher at JFK Magnet School Kate Albero. 

The students connected what they have learned through the garden club to a real forest. 

"They cover things like compost. We will talk about decomposition in a natural landscape like this. They talked about nutrition that animals need and a habitat that they need to survive," said Conaway. 

But the garden club teaches more than just nutrition for wildlife. 

"It's very important for kids to learn where their food comes from, and that's why we started this. I didn't know where my food came form until I was much older, and I started to learn about it in college. It totally changed how I approached eating. I really wanted to get kids involved at a really young age because I think it's really important for them to make informed choices," said Albero.

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