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Growing Strawberries in Childcare Center Gardens

By: Liz Driscoll, Mark Hoffman, Gina Fernandez, Mary Archer, Lucy Bradley Local Foods: Childcare Center Production Gardens

Strawberries are the perfect fruit for early childcare centers. Their life cycle is short (planted in September and harvested in April) so children can plant, watch the flowers bloom, observe pollinators in action, watch the fruit develop, and enjoy the delicious, nutritious result of their newly acquired gardening skills. Many children are familiar with strawberries and eager to eat the fruit. Easy to grow, they have very few pests or diseases to challenge inexperienced gardeners.