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Gardening Club learns about poultry

POSTED: March 14, 2013 12:46 a.m.
Scott Rogers/The Times

Sofia Castaneda looks into a box full of chicks and ducklings after school as the Garden Club at Gainesville Exploration Academy learns about poultry Wednesday afternoon.

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Wednesday afternoon was no normal one for the Gardening Club at Gainesville Exploration Academy.

The elementary school children got an up-close look at not only the life of plants, but the life of poultry.

The club’s meeting featured chicks as well as ducklings, which were only 1 day old.

The children showed their excitement as they touched the animals and learned more about them as the leader of the club, Amanda Castaneda, taught them about various types of chickens, how they develop and what to feed them.

Castaneda also explained some of the features of the birds, like their light bones and how different chickens grow feathers. She later did a quick session about potatoes.

“This is our first big year of Gardening Club,” said Castaneda. “We’re trying to not just limit it.”

She said she hopes to keep the children more interested by offering them a variety of things to learn about besides just gardening.

“I just really enjoy showing them something new,” said Castaneda. “I try to make it simple enough to where they’ll want to try it later on.”


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