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Learning by Growing

Story by Nancy Moen

Known by the kids as the garden guy, doctoral student Chris Murakami sees firsthand the sense of wonder children experience as they dig through the soil, explore the pumpkin patch or just sit in the shade of the “sunflower room.”

Murakami designs developmentally appropriate, safe gardening activities that connect CDL’s weekly gardening classes to the preschool curriculum. He encourages teachers to use the seasonally produced vegetables for tasting lessons that allow children to explore foods with all their senses before eating them.

“Whenever possible, the children take food back from the garden to taste and make special recipes,” says Murakami, whose focus is science education.

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