School gardens can encourage healthy eating

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LA CROSSE, Wis. (WEAU) -- An area event is trying to encourage people to grow local in schools.

The Wisconsin Farm to School Summit kicked off in La Crosse Wednesday.

As part of the conference, people from across Wisconsin came to State Road Elementary in La Crosse to see the garden there.

Participants had the chance to ask questions about getting a school garden started or learn new tips if they already have one.

Supporters of school gardens said they’re important, because kids are more likely to improve their eating habits.

“Kids really need to know where one their food is coming from, but it’s also been proven that kids that spend time in gardens increase their fruit and vegetable intake,” said Grow Your Brain Garden Program Director Jamie O’Neill

The summit runs until Thursday.

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