Kids learn to grow healthy food at Aurora Public Library

Three Aurora Public Library locations sponsored a program called "Gateway to Gardening" on June 13 to help children understand how easy it can be to grow healthy food: the Eola Road Branch, Main Library and West Branch.
Elan Margulies of Pushing the Envelope Farm, along with staff member Danielle Piraino, lugged in buckets of dirt, trays and seeds at each location so children could get a little dirty while learning first-hand how to plant microgreens.
The children planted sunflower, radish and pea seeds while Margulies explained how food is grown.
The seeds will mature into microgreens, Margulies said, in a couple of weeks. Microgreens are mini versions of regular vegetables which can be harvested for use in salads or on sandwiches.
Pushing the Envelope Farm is an educational and community farm in Geneva that hosts market gardens, a berry patch and an emerging fruit and nut orchard. The farm also has goats, chickens and bees. For volunteer opportunities, go to

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