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Tots in the Garden kicks off Tuesday at Eagle-Vail Community Garden

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EAGLE-VAIL — The Eagle-Vail Community Gardens second annual Tots In The Garden program, open to all Vail Valley children between the ages of 3 and 7, begins Tuesday. The program takes place select Tuesdays this summer.

"We started this program last year and had so much fun with it," said Christy Beidel, president of the community garden. "The kids had a great time not only learning about how food grows, but actually growing it in their own 'tot garden.' And we had a great time watching them get so into it and excited about it. We're really looking forward to another great summer of connecting our little ones to fresh, healthy food in a fun way."

Each Tots In The Garden session starts at 10 a.m. and ends at 11:30 a.m. and has a different theme: "Why Water?" "Compost Critters" and "Garden Sense" are just a few examples.

Lively Program

"We've designed a lively and age-appropriate blend of structure and free-form to help keep the kids interested and learning," Beidel said. "So we start each session by reading some fun books related to the theme, we do a short activity, make a little garden craft. Then we tend to the tots' gardens, have a small snack and explore. This year, we're also adding a take-home activity kids can do with their parents in their own homes."

The session dates are start Tuesday and continue June 9 and 23; July 14, 21 and 28, and Aug. 4 and 11. Parents are required to attend with their kids, a small snack is provided, and a donation of $5 per child is requested. All proceeds from the program will go toward funding a Community Garden Free Little Library, which is planned for the site this summer, and which the kids will help design. For more information, contact Beidel through the Eagle-Vail Community Garden website at eaglevailgarden.wordpress.com.

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The Eagle-Vail Community Garden was founded in 2011 with a mission to provide Eagle Vail residents the opportunity to grow organic food, create beauty, nurture relationships and connect to the environment and our food source, all while fostering a more sustainable community for everyone.