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Community garden growing in Grambling

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MONROE, La. (KNOE 8 News) - Rows, and rows, and rows of freshly planted fruits and vegetables now line an area of land in Grambling but it didn't always look this way.

"We're doing a little service learning project, we're learning how to plant. We're different things from peppers to watermelons and it's just a good opportunity for students to come out and get hands on and get dirty and learn how to work the land." said student Jahi Gilkey.

When students arrived, one of the instructors, John McCarty told them to dig in.

"They're not familiar with handling the hoe and rakes and things like that." Said McCarty.

Something a lot of people probably don't think about as you're diving into those nice fruits and vegetables is how much time and effort goes into growing them and some students learned that first hand.

"It was really kind of hard in a way but I think it was a good exercise." said student Deonte Pope.

The idea is to teach these students the importance of giving back to the community and what better way to give back than to feed them with fresh fruits and vegetables.

"It's about students. It's about environment and giving back to a country and a people that have given so much to us." Said McCarty.

Students showed the utmost respect for people who farm for a living.

"It was fun, I learned a lot of new things cause you know, you take it for granted, you just go to the store and buy the things but you never put the work in and know what goes in behind it so it was a good opportunity." said Gilkey.

And at the end of the day, it was a job well done.

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