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Growing Up Organic volunteer Alissa Campbell talks about her experience

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Sherry Lalonde: Hi, my name is Sherry and I’m the food literacy specialist at the Ottawa Public Library. Recently we spoke with Alissa Campbell, volunteer for Growing up Organic in the student garden at Churchill Alternative School.

Alissa Campbell: I got involved first as a volunteer, and after a year of volunteering I took the position as a program coordinator. So I spent three years coordinating the program and working with kids across the city, and then I loved it so much when time came for a different position I stayed on as a volunteer.
My favourite part is seeing how excited kids are to eat vegetables. Gardens are such a hands-on way of learning, and so oftentimes they meet different learning styles of students that might have more difficulty learning in a classroom setting, so definitely a lot of teachers have thanked us for providing an opportunity for a lot of their students to learn in a different way.
One incident that I remember was, we were trimming back a lovage plant that had kind of overgrown considerably in one of the herb spirals at one of the schools and I was there trimming it during the recess and the kids came up and asked me to taste it. I mean, just having kids come up wanting to taste something they have never tried before is great, but soon there was this crowd of eight-year olds and nine-year olds all around me saying “oh, where are you bringing that, can we have some? Can we have some?” And then they had to go in because recess was over and then they made sure I knew who their teacher was and which class and where their classroom was so I could bring a bunch of lovage for them.