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Outdoor lessons

Lenoir-Rhyne University junior Matt Cochran (left) and senior Lenny Dinardo show off vegetables they grew in an organic garden behind one of the Hickory, N.C., school's residence halls.

Courtesy of Lenoir-Rhyne University.
Matt Cochran (left) and Lenny Dinardo.

The two resident assistants planted the garden to teach other students about sustainable living.

By the end of 2009, they'd given away vegetables to students, staff and a food pantry.

Dinardo said locally grown food provides exercise, avoids transportation costs and associated pollution, and offers more nutritional value since vegetables can ripen on the vine.


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