From left, front row, Kaylee Romney, Haley Lindsay, Allie Crawford, Jake Hartman, Selena Estrada, Tyler Cunningham, Ella Olson, Brandon Houston, with, from left, middle row, Julia Calderon, Brandon Cunningham, Annabelle Bridges, Tyler Hailstork, Cassandra Hayes, Sofia Hooshmand, Hannah Taft and Caleb Stevenson and, back row, Irma Vargas, Nina Sanders, Brian Platte and Kiara Cassidy, gleefully celebrate the harvest of their Green Thumb Gardening Club apple tree at Alamosa Park Elementary School in Oceanside. The club has been led for four years by farmer Nancy Jones, a retired Alamosa teacher. Earlier students planted the Anna apple tree on campus in 1995. Club members plant, water, weed, and harvest vegetables and fruits in raised beds built in 1995. Club meeting topics include composting, worms, plants and seeds, nutrition and choosing healthful snacks. Courtesy photo
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