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March 26, 2014

Growing food knowledge

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That's why horticulturists also work with consumers on what to do with fresh produce. Even a familiar vegetable, Daugherty said, can be mysterious because "it looks different in the garden than it does in the store."

A new summer workshop for the family, Garden Bites, could help.

"We'll have the 'food' already grown, explain how we grew it, how to know when it's ready to pick and how to cook it," she said.

That will be at the garden at Pioneer Ridge, which is getting a face lift. The Junior Master Gardeners, an Extension program, will be laying out the learning garden. Though it's not a large group of kids (this one runs from about fourth grade to eighth grade), more youngsters are welcome, Daugherty said.

Though connected to 4-H, the youth group is based upon the idea of Master Gardners. And ISU Extension facilitates that group, too.

"Master Gardeners meets once a month at Indian Hills, and they welcome anyone, expert or novice," she said.

For more information, stop by the Wapello County Extension office, call them or attend one of their upcoming events.

— News reporter Mark Newman is on Twitter @couriermark

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